The Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen called on South Korea to put strong pressure on Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. At the same time, he sought the cooperation of the country in the implementation of the project.
The foreign minister sought the cooperation from South Korea at a seminar on “50 years of Bangladesh-Korea diplomatic relations” at the Foreign Service Academy in the capital on Thursday (May 12).
Dr. Momen said Korea has supported Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue in international forums, including the UN General Assembly. Myanmar is your best friend. You have good relations with Myanmar. The amount of Korean investment in Myanmar has increased in the last few years. Korea could take better steps to repatriate Rohingya. You put strong pressure on Myanmar in this regard. I urge you to put pressure on Myanmar.
Although Myanmar has agreed to take back the Rohingya, repatriation has not yet begun, the foreign minister said. Myanmar is our friend, not our enemy. We have cooperated in their bad times. Myanmar has agreed to take the Rohingya. They have agreed to provide security for their people. But repatriation has not yet begun. We want your cooperation in this regard. If repatriated, Rohingyas will get a secure future.
Momen said Myanmar had taken back the Rohingya through negotiations in the past. “We have solved this problem in the past through dialogue,” he said. It has a history. Myanmar took back the Rohingyas in the 90’s. Currently, there are more than one million Rohingyas. We want to solve this problem.