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Diplomats will take steps to send Rohingya back

Diplomats from different countries have said that they will talk to their respective countries to take necessary steps to send back Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

They said this after visiting the Rohingya refuge camp at Kutupalong in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday. During this time diplomats praised Bangladesh’s position on Rohingyas.

Earlier, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said diplomats visited Rohingya refugee camps. This will strengthen the pressure on Myanmar. Diplomats from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport were leaving for Cox’s Bazar at 9:55 am on Wednesday.

After reaching Cox’s Bazar, the Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md. Ali Hossain and the police super. Administration officials including AKM Iqbal Hossain Later, diplomats on a special bus left for Kutupalong. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque are with the diplomats.

Diplomats are expected to return to Dhaka in the evening after visiting the shelter day. According to diplomatic sources, Myanmar authorities have tried to rationalize the issue of ethnic violence and argue with the wrong information in front of the world community in Rakhine for their military campaign.

Yangon recently had a three-point diplomatic briefing. Rakhine has been introduced in the strict surveillance of foreign journalists. In spite of liberalizing investment and trade policies, Myanmar is trying to gain support from influential states through economic diplomacy.

The Myanmar authorities are trying to keep the eyes of the dominant nations from seeing the fact that more than 370,000 Rohingya are fleeing to Bangladesh in the face of genocide. Diplomats are being taken to Cox’s Bazar to give them the opportunity to know the real situation of the refugees who are fleeing in Rohingyas and the real situation of refugees in Bangladesh.

According to sources, earlier on the request of Myanmar, some unwritten restrictions were imposed on Rohingya camps for entry of foreign nationals including foreign journalists. Myanmar promised that they will take effective steps to get Rohingya refugees back.

But Myanmar did not keep the word. After 25 August, new refugees have come out in Bangladesh. So now all media journalists, including international, are given the opportunity to get free access to Rohingya refugee camps.

According to the sources, high-level delegation from different countries and international organizations is coming to visit Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar next week.

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