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Slow repatriation of Burmese refugees makes Bangladeshi authority impatient

Teknaf, October 6
: Our correspondent from Teknaf, the south eastern border town of Bangladesh said that, a total of ten families, 26 female and 25 male members, from Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships across the border were repatriated on Wednesday, October 2, to the Maungdaw Repatriation Camp on the Burmese side across the Naaf River that serve as the border between the two countries.

The Burmese authorities now accept one or two families of Rohingya refugees every Wednesday, while the process being very slow Bangladesh is growingly becoming impatient about the Burmese authorities’ reluctance to take back their own citizens who on various occasions have fled into Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury has sought cooperation of the international community for the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Burma, according to official sources in Dhaka_ including yesterday’s the Daily Star.

The State Minister called for the cooperation while addressing the 53rd Executive Committee meeting of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva on Monday.

He requested the international community to undertake effective steps for returning of the 22,000 refugees from Bangladesh immediately through fruitful dialogue between Bangladesh and Burma.

In the meeting, Ebadur Rahman stressed on immediate solution of the Rohingya problem in order to assist the ongoing development activities of Bangladesh and Burma, said an official handout yesterday. 

Meanwhile, the Bangladeshi business community has shown more interest in business opportunities with Burma since daily necessities including medicine, fertilizer, cooking oil and fuel oil from Bangladesh are the hot items in the list of articles being smuggled into Burma, speakers in the inauguration ceremony of Bangladesh Burma Friendship Society said in a recent get-together in the capital city of Dhaka.  #