Monday, 25 May 2020

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh:  US Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugee and Migration Affairs Ellen R Sauerbrey on August 23, said it would be easier to solve the Rohingya refugee problem if international pressure on the military rulers of Burma continued, according to official sources.  Talking to reporters at UNHCR sub-office in Cox's Bazar after visiting two Rohingya camps, she also stressed the need of bilateral talks between the two neighboring countries for finding ways of resolving the problem of Rohingya refugees and intruders.  She told journalists that they found no evidence of Bangladesh forcing the refugees back to Burma, said our correspondent from Cox’s Bazar. Disagreeing with the allegation that Bangladesh forcing back the refugees to Burma, Sauerbrey noted that Rohingya repatriation has been totally stopped for one year, not to speak of forced repatriation.
 
"The refugees would certainly go back to their home after restoration of congenial atmosphere in Burma," she said.
 The visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary Ellen R. Sauerbrey has also assured the Bangladesh government of her nation's cooperation to find out "a permanent solution" on the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees to their homeland, Burma. To a question that the refugees are getting involved in criminal activities, she said Bangladesh government with the help of various donor agencies can introduce schooling for all the refugees to improve their standard of life. "Then they will not be involved in crime." Sauerbrey arrived in Bangladesh on August 21, on a short trip, as part of her 3-nation visit, to know about condition of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.