Displaced people from Myanmar are frustrated and at risk of becoming extremists, the Bangladeshi foreign minister said today, urging India to help the Rohingya return to Myanmar quickly.
Bangladesh today reiterated that India should work with Myanmar on the issue of repatriation of Rohingya refugees and in the United Nations to help Bangladesh, which has sheltered nearly one million people for almost half a decade. The Bilateral Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) in New Delhi on May 30 has been postponed to next month following mutual consent, officials said.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV on the sidelines of a river conference in Guwahati, Assam, visiting Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh fears that many Rohingya youths could join extremist groups and disrupt peace in the subcontinent so India could influence Myanmar. To start repatriation of Rohingyas.
It has been the official position of Bangladesh for some time and it is expected to find a place in the JCC meeting between the two neighbors.
“Myanmar’s 1.1 million displaced Rohingya have taken refuge in Bangladesh. They have no future. They are stateless. They are desperate. They are at risk of becoming terrorists,” Dr. Momen told NDTV in an exclusive interview with Natural Development Partners. And the Interdependence Conference in Guwahati on Saturday.
Foreign Minister S Jayashankar and his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen will co-chair a meeting in June to review relations between the two sides. The JCC is expected to hold an important meeting in early July to help lay the groundwork for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s planned visit to India, the source added.
The repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh is expected to be taken up during the JCC, the source added.
“Terrorism has no borders, so we fear that if they become extremists, they will try to create uncertainty. That situation will affect not only Bangladesh or Myanmar, but all neighboring countries, including India. For security and stability, countries around Myanmar should be resolved. Member: They are good friends of Myanmar and can influence Myanmar. ASEAN countries should also come forward, that is our request. Myanmar has a history – they evicted people but then they took them away. If there is, they will take them back. ” Momen added.