Myanmar does not respond to Bangladesh on the Rohingya repatriation issue, says Dr Momen. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said Myanmar’s lack of sincerity is the key reason behind the delay in Rohingya repatriation and sought genuine pressure from the international community on Myanmar.
“Myanmar says they’ll take back Rohingyas but they didn’t take anybody despite giving two dates for their repatriation,” he told reporters at an interaction event with Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
The foreign minister said Myanmar does not feel any pressure and they do not respond to Bangladesh on the Rohingya repatriation issue. “If we knock them 100 times, they just reply twice.”
He said Bangladesh was fully ready to send Rohingyas back when Myanmar gave Bangladesh dates twice to do so. “They made a commitment to take back Rohingyas after verification but didn’t live up to it.”
Dr Momen said Myanmar is doing business and making investment from various countries, including the European ones.
The foreign minister said Russia and China have encouraged all to solve the Rohingya issue bilaterally. “We remain engaged on all fronts — bilateral, trilateral and multilateral — to find a solution.”
He said China willingly came to help Bangladesh but it does not mean that Myanmar will listen to China always.
Dr Momen said the international community is giving much focus on the improvement of Rohingyas’ living conditions while Bangladesh’s aim is to send them back as soon as possible. “So, there’s a gap.”