Netherlands, Sweden continue pressure on Myanmar over Rohinghya repatriation

The Netherlands and Sweden will continue their pressure on Myanmar to allow forcibly displaced Rohingyas to return to their land of origin in Rakhine, said envoys of both the European nations, reports BSS.

“We will continue to focus on accountability for the atrocities committed in Myanmar and to put pressure on Myanmar to allow the Rohingyas to return,” said Netherlands Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry Verweij after visiting Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

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The envoy said it is important to exchange views on options to develop mid-term solutions regarding the Rohingya situation here as it is unlikely that return would be achieved in the short-term.

The Netherlands Ambassador visited the Rohingya camps today while Swedish ambassador to Bangladesh Alex Berg von Linde went there on December 5, said a local joint press statement today after the visit in regard to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.

The statement said Bangladesh has generously hosted Rohingya refugees when they needed it most while it is key that the international community continue to do its part to support both the Rohingya refugees and the host communities.

During the visit, both Ambassadors met with local government officials and different humanitarian actors to exchange views on the current situation of the Rohingya refugees in the camps.

The statement said the Netherlands and Sweden will continue to support the Rohingya refugees and the host communities through contributing to the humanitarian response and development plans for Cox’s Bazar District.

The Netherlands and Sweden remain committed partners of the Government of Bangladesh as well as the humanitarian and development community, it added.

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