B’desh: Will settle Rohingya issue with Myanmar peacefully

RSTV Bureau
Cox's Bazar: Rohingya women carry children and wait for food handouts at Thangkhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.AP/PTI

Cox’s Bazar: Rohingya women carry children and wait for food handouts at Thangkhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.AP/PTI

Bangladesh has said that it is willing to resolve peacefully the issue of illegal Rohingyas entering into its territory from Myanmar.

“Recently Myanmar has pushed one million Rohingyas, their own nationals, onto our soil. We are still struggling. We haven’t got into a fight with them despite provocations. We are trying to resolve it peacefully…. The Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) thinks that it is something we will solve in a peaceful manner,” Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque said.

Bangladesh is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar following ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.

Cox's Bazar:  A Rohingya woman holds a vessel for drinking water at Palangkhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. AP/PTI Photo

Cox’s Bazar: A Rohingya woman holds a vessel for drinking water at Palangkhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. More than half a million Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. AP/PTI Photo

Last month, while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had warned Myanmar to take the refugees back.

“We have told Myanmar, they are your citizens, you must take them back, keep them safe, give them shelter, there should not be any oppression and torture,” she had said.

“But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls. Rather, Myanmar is laying landmines along the border to stop the return of Rohingyas to their homeland,” the Bangladesh Prime Minister had alleged.

Scores of Rohingya muslims were killed in the violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar. Lakhs fled to neighbouring countries, especially Bangladesh, to escape the violence.

A crackdown by Myanmar’s army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, had pushed the stateless Muslim minority across the border.

(With inputs from agencies)