New York, MINA – The United Nation (UN) is ready to help Bangladesh financially to replace Rohingya refugees after Bangladesh’s no longer bear the burden of refugees themselves.
Itu was conveyed by the UN resident coordinator’s office in Bangladesh on Monday, March 25.
As stated by The Independent, Bangladesh government plans to move refugees to Bhashan Char island in April to reduce pressure on Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, especially in Kutupalong, on the border with Myanmar.
More than 740,000 Muslim refugees have moved to the area, after fleeing fighting between the Myanmar military and Arakan Rohingya Safety Army (ARSA).
The UN wants to engage constructively with Bangladesh ensuring refugees live “in safe and sustainable conditions”.
Relocation to the island will take place on a voluntary basis. Repatriation to Myanmar will also be carried out voluntarily, but negotiations for the effect have stopped.
The process should begin on November 15, 2018, but there are no refugees will declare their willingness to return, at least until Myanmar guarantees their security and citizenship.
UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner, Volker Turk said on March 21 that repatriation would be a long process.
Bangladeshi authorities chose to relocate over several problems. The remote island is an hour’s drive by boat from the mainland.
For Bangladeshi authorities, it is very important to relocate to the island, and expect at least 100,000 refugees to move in new settlements.
It need a three meter high embankment around the island at a cost of US $ 280 million, to prevent tidal waves in the event of a typhoon. (T/Sj/P2)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)