The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, is visiting the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh today to get a first-hand grip of matters and assess for himself how serious the problem is.
An Indian Express report quoted Guterres as saying that the “UN would put pressure on the Government of Myanmar to speed up the repatriation process”.
“We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar…we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do on this issue,” he was quoted by the Daily Star as saying during his meeting with the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, in her office.
The report also quoted the Press Secretary of Hasina, Ihsanul Karim, as telling media persons that Guterres has assured that the UN and the World Bank “will continue to support Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue”.
Earlier, Hasina informed both the UN Secretary-General and the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, about the present position of the Rohingyas who started entering Bangladesh in 1977.
Hasina also informed that Bangladesh has given refuge to 1.1 million Rohingyas only on humanitarian grounds and they are being provided with various services, including healthcare.
Bangladesh is also preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas and also to provide them better living conditions and livelihood opportunities.
The Bangladesh PM is concerned over the matter that the local people of Bangladesh are “experiencing adverse impacts as over one million have taken shelter in Bangladesh. We have to look into their problem as well and we are doing that”.
Referring to parleys between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate the Rohingyas, she said both countries signed agreements over the matter but no “action has been taken as yet”.