BSS-49 Japan for expediting Rohingya repatriation process

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Japan for expediting Rohingya repatriation process

DHAKA, Feb 10, 2019 (BSS) – Japan today put emphasis on expediting the repatriation process of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh, saying that the process cannot be prolonged.

“The Rohingya issue has been turned into a complicated situation,” Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar, said today.

Yohei Sasakawa made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office here this evening.

He also said the repatriation process of Rohingyas is now at stalemate position to a some extent and it must be expedited.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s generosity by giving shelter to over 11 lakh Rohingyas in Bangladesh has been highly appreciated internationally, Yohei Sasakawa reiterated Japan’s support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. “We will continue support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue,” he said.

The prime minister said the living condition of the Rohingyas may be affected with the arrival of monsoon.

“We developed an island for the temporary shelter of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas,” she said.

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