Swiss President for safe, voluntary return of Rohingyas


PV Desk : Swiss President Alain Berset, now in Dhaka on a four-day official visit, on Monday said the situation of Rohingyas is of great concern to his country and laid emphasis on their safe and voluntary repatriation to Myanmar.
He appreciated Bangladesh for its role in dealing with the biggest humanitarian crisis.
“Switzerland commends your government and the people of Bangladesh for the solidarity, assistance and protection offered to the Rohingyas,” President Berset said in a statement after his official talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Swiss President said Switzerland pledged eight million Swiss Francs at the conference in Geneva in October for emergency humanitarian aid for the Rohingya refugees in the country.
“And I’m very pleased to announce today that this year Switzerland will provide an additional 12 million Francs for the Rohingya refugees,” he added.
He said the agreement on repatriation between Bangladesh and Myanmar is a positive step towards a solution to the current crisis.
“It’ll be important that all returns are voluntary and safe, and carried out in dignity,” said the Swiss President.