US wants seeing ‘real progress’ on Rohingya repatriation: Miller

United States (US) Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller today said his country wants to see ‘real progress’ on the ground in Myanmar so persecuted Rohingya community can return to their land of origin in a sustainable manner.

“We really want to see some progress in having people (Rohingyas) return (to Myanmar),” he told reporters after inaugurating a US-funded ‘STEM’ education project at BRAC center in the capital.

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Miller said conducive conditions on the ground for safe, sustainable, dignified return of all Rohingyas must be ensured and the repatriation ‘should start immediately’.

“What’s happening next door (Myanmar) … (and) how that will affect the (Rohingya) repatriation efforts, we have to see,” Miller said indicating the recent military coup in Myanmar.

The US envoy invited the international community to join the US in imposing severe sanctions on Myanmar that assault democracy.

Miller said the international community should step up more and help Bangladesh in the region and globe resolve the crisis.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there on August 25, 2017, after a military crackdown by Myanmar.

That military crackdown is dubbed a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the UN and “genocide” by other rights groups.

The Us ambassador along with Australian and Japan envoys here visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar last week to reiterate their unwavering support to Bangladesh’s humanitarian aid towards persecuted nationals of Myanmar.

Adding, that was his 12th visit to Rohingya camps, Miller said the visit gave a very positive strong message for continuing support from the international community.

“Not only support of humanitarian assistance .. support for ongoing pressure on Myanmar (as well),” he said.

As a partner country of Bangladesh, Miller said, the US under the new Biden administration has been trying to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

“We will continue to push (Myanmar) … (as well) to support the host community,” he said.

He said the new US government has taken the Rohingya crisis seriously while it has started reviewing the genocide incidents that allegedly occurred in Myanmar against its minority communities.

The Us ambassador highly lauded Bangladesh’s frontline health workers for their ‘remarkable’ achievement in handling pandemics at hugely dense Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar that hosts millions of persecuted Myanmar nationals.

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