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India has the greatest interest in resolving the return of Rohingya from Bangladesh to Myanmar: India at UNGA | India News


UNITED NATIONS: India has emphasized the need for an early return of Rohingya displaced from Bangladesh to Myanmar, saying it has the greatest interest in solving the problem as it is the only nation that shares a long border with both countries.
Speaking at the informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on Friday about the situation in Myanmar after the armed forces staged a coup this month, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti said he must make sure that recent events in the country do not impede the progress achieved so far and the international community should encourage and support positive measures.
Bangladesh hosts more than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, who fled Myanmar and faced military repression, often viewed as “ethnic cleansing” by many human rights groups.
Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group and insists that they are Bangladeshi immigrants living in the country illegally.
Myanmar’s military seized power on February 1 and detained the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. The military coup took place at a time when Bangladesh was leading a desperate campaign for the safe return of some 1.1 million Rohingya.
Tirumurti, addressing the issue of displaced people from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, said that India has the greatest interest in solving the problem of repatriation of displaced people as it is the only country that shares a long border with Bangladesh and Myanmar.
“We continue to advise our partners on the need for a balanced and constructive approach to this issue. To this end, mobilizing support for the development needs of the local population is essential. India has been constantly encouraging stakeholders to find practical and pragmatic solutions, ”he said.
He stressed the need for an early resolution of the Rohingya problem.
Underlining that a “collaborative and consensus-based approach” is key to reaching a meaningful and practical outcome, Tirumurti said the international community must work to address the challenges that stakeholders continue to face in order for this humanitarian issue to be resolved in a timely. way.
“India will continue to work with the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar to enable the earlier return of displaced people to their homes in Rakhine State in a safe, rapid and sustainable manner,” he said.
Praising Bangladesh for hosting more than a million displaced people on its territory, India said it is important for the international community to recognize and understand the humanitarian burden that Bangladesh continues to face and the efforts it has made to ensure the well-being of the people. displaced. .
“The international community must continue to support, financially and otherwise, the efforts of the Bangladeshi government and also help ensure that problems related to radicalization in camps and other security challenges are addressed quickly,” Tirumurti said.

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