PM reiterates call for sustained Int. pressure on Myanmar


PV Desk : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today renewed her call to the international community for continuing its pressure on Myanmar to take back their Rohingya nationals as regional chief of World Health Organisaiton (WHO-SEARO) called on her.

“Bangladesh has given shelter to over one million Rohingya people on humanitarian grounds . . . but international pressures on Myanmar must continue for their repatriation,” premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told a media briefing quoting her as saying.

Sheikh Hasina said her government was particularly in touch with five neighbouring countries having borders with Myanmar to resolve the crisis.

Sheikh Hasina, he said, told WHO-SEAROregional director Poonam Khetrapal Singh that the Rohingya issue required Bangladesh to engage, among other resources, some 28,000 manpower to work round-the- clock for their management and services.

The premier said her government carried out the biometric registration of the forcibly displaced Myanmar people as they crossed into Bangladesh to evade atrocities in their homeland and issued them identity cards so that they could be identified easily for repatriation.

Khetrapal Singh highly appreciated Bangladesh’s response to the Rohingya crisis saying “Bangladesh government is doing a great job” and assured her of WHO assistance in providing them vaccination and other medical services.

She estimated the number of displaced Rohingyas to be higher than the entire population of Bhutan and called their management a “gigantic task”.