UN urged to continue work for Rohingya repatriation
Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam called on United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to continue the UN refugee agency's functioning with Myanmar, vowing to ensure safe atmosphere in Rakhine state for the repatriation of Rohingyas.
Shahriar Alam made the call in a meeting with James Lynch, UNHCR's Regional Representative and Regional Coordinator for South-East Asia. The meeting was held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban Tuesday (June 12).
At the meeting, James Lynch informed the state minister about the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among Myanmar and UNHCR and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), for repatriating the Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar. James Lynch expressed his hopes that the MoU will broaden the pathway of Rohingya repatriation, in cooperation of United Nations and Myanmar.
Myanmar also made an agreement with the UN, aiming to take back the Rohingyas to their homeland. The deal put emphasis on ensuring appropriate atmosphere in Rakhine state for safe return of the Rohingyas. The deal signing program was held at Myanmar capital Naypyidaw on June 6.