Bangladesh, Myanmar, China meeting on Rohingya repatriation begins

Published: 19 Jan 2021     Updated: 19 Jan 2021

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A virtual tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, Myanmar and China began this afternoon to discuss ways to expedite the Rohingya repatriation process.

The repatriation talks with Myanmar remained halted for nearly a year due to COVID-19 pandemic and general elections in Myanmar, reports UNB.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen is leading the Bangladesh delegation in the virtual meeting.

Vice Minister of China Luo Zhaohui virtually joined the meeting from Beijing with Bangladesh and Myanmar delegations.

The international community finds the repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar as the only solution to the crisis while Bangladesh wants to begin repatriation as soon as possible.

Bangladesh and China are scheduled to share their ideas with Myanmar in the meeting to expedite the repatriation process.

On the eve of discussions between Bangladesh and Myanmar on resolving the Rohingya refugee crisis, China, which provides the "tripartite" framework to the dialogue, said it will continue to support the two countries to find an early and durable solution.

China also assured that it will promote peace, development and prosperity in the region.

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Li Jiming met Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday and discussed the issue.

Over 800,000 Rohingyas fled the genocidal violence and Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas.

Bangladesh is trying in multiple ways -- bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system -- to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.

But repatriation attempts failed twice in November 2018 and August 2019 -- clearly amid Rohingyas' "lack of trust" in the Myanmar government that things would be any different were they to return.

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