Dhaka, September 12: Bangladesh has urged the International community to come up with urgent humanitarian assistance to help the country address the Rohingya refugee crisis. After facing pressure, Myanmar has agreed to repatriate the Rohingyas who have national documents.
“Unfortunately, Myanmar didn’t respond to these proposals and has been running a malicious propaganda terming the Rohingyas as ‘illegal migrants from Bangladesh’ and the attackers to their security posts as ‘Bengali terrorists’,” he said.
Mahmood Ali further added that around 300,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh in last two weeks, taking the total number of Myanmar nationals currently living here to 700,000 from 400,000.
The foreign diplomats highly praised Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingyas for the past three decades and giving shelter to the new refugees. He said the latest massive influx has made it for the government to provide shelter and other humanitarian aids to the refugees.
The foreign minister told the diplomats that Bangladesh always preferred bilateral solution to this longstanding problem and was successful in repatriating 236,599 Rohingyas through a bilateral agreement in 1992.