Keep up pressure on Myanmar Prime minister urges Pope, int’l community

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News desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her call to the international community, including the Holy See, for continuing their pressure on Myanmar to take back their nationals from Bangladesh, reports UNB. The prime minister said this when she met Secretary of State of Vatican City Cardinal Pietro Parolin at his office in Vatican City. According to a release by the Vatican Embassy, during the cordial discussions, the good bilateral relations were evoked, and satisfaction was expressed for the Holy Father’s recent apostolic trip to Bangladesh and for the keen participation in the event on the part of the population, including many non-Catholics. Attention then turned to the contribution of the Church in the country, especially in the field of education, and on the effort of the State in promoting the peaceful coexistence of the various religious communities and in the defence of minorities and refugees, expressing appreciation for the reception of the Rohingya and hope for a just and lasting solution to their ordeal.

 Foreign Secretary Shahidul Huq and Ambassador to the Vatican City Shamim Ahsan briefed reporters after the meeting. Shamim Ahsan said the premeir informed the secretary of state that Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement to send back over one million Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland.

“The problem has been created on the other side of the border and the solution of this problem also lies there. That’s why the bigger responsibility of implementing the agreement lies on Myanmar shoulder, but we haven’t got that kind of response from Myanmar yet,” she said.

Hasina said the process of repatriation of the Rohingays has to be started. “The situation which will encourage the Rohingyas to go back to their homeland has to be created by Myanmar. Myanmar has to take that responsibility,” the PM was quoted as telling Parolin.

She also renewed her five-point demand she placed in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last year. Hasina also said the report of the Kofi Annan Commission is yet to be implemented by Myanmar. She Hasina urged the Holy See and the international community to keep up their pressure on the Myanmar government to implement the Kofi Annan Commission report.

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