Govt urged to raise Rohingya

source from the daily Arakan Digest, 14 Oct 2008,

Neeti Gabeshana Kendra, a private research organisation, Tuesday urged the government to raise the Rohingya refugee issues at the official talks with vice-senior general Maung Aye, vice chairman of Myanmar’s ruling State Peace and Development Council. The organisation in a statement said that the interim government should raise the crucial refugee problems considering their implications for Bangladesh’s socio-economic security. It said that the Rohingya repatriation problems remained the most sensitive issue in Bangladesh-Myanmar relations for the last three decades.

‘At present, the Rohingya refugees are living in different parts of Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong Hill Tracts, including those registered in two camps of the UNHCR, in inhuman conditions’, said the research organisation.

It said, ‘Being deprived of all basic rights, the Rohingya people take refuge in the neighbouring Bangladesh…. But for a densely populated country like Bangladesh, it is difficult to sustain the issue for long…The refugee crisis has created geo-political problems in the region and could threaten peace, stability and security.’ General Maung Aye arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday morning on a three-day official visit at the invitation of chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed.

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