US for repatriation of Rohingya refugees

A visiting four-member US delegation extended support to Bangladesh in repatriating Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar amid sectarian violence in their homeland.

They expressed US support for Rohinyas’ repatriation in a meeting with the high officials at the foreign ministry on Tuesday afternoon, after arriving here earlier in the day to observe “the effects of Myanmar violence on Bangladesh”, said a statement from the US Embassy here.

It further said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent the delegation to visit Myanmar and Bangladesh to learn about the situation in Rakhine state of Myanmar and the effects of the unrest on its neighbouring Bangladesh.

The delegation visited Burma from September 7-10 and started visiting Bangladesh from September 11 to assess current situation and to discuss with government officials and key stakeholders what more the international community might do to support their efforts to reduce tensions and improve security, stability and the humanitarian situation over the long-term.

The delegation will spend two days in Dhaka, where they will have meetings with the senior officials at the foreign ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office.

They will also consult with the United Nations officials, nongovernmental organisation representatives and members of the diplomatic community.

Today (September 12), US Ambassador Dan W Mozena will escort a partial delegation to Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where they will meet with the Deputy Commissioner and the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s offices to learn about governance challenges in the district.

“They will also visit United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ camps and neighbouring villages which host Rohingyas. The US government stands ready to offer our good offices in facilitating international assistance to improve conditions for affected communities on both the sides of the border,” the release said.

Delegation participants from Washington are: The Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs’ Deputy Assistant Secretary Alyssa Ayres; Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs’ Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Joseph Yun; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Dan Baer; Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelly Clements.

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The Daily Sun