Md.Alamgir Chowdhury, CBN:
According to the latest agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar, only new arrivals (Rohingya) can return to their motherland.The fate of 450 thousands old Rohingyas who have been living in Bangladesh for a long time, yet to be decided.Which raised the question among the locals.They said” Bangladesh should continue pressure on Myanmar to take back all Rohingyas as soon as possible.
Currently, there are about 11 lakh Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Ukhia-Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.Among them 655 thousands forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals have crossed border in last three and a half months.Furthermore, the old Rohingyas who took shelter in Cox’s Bazar are more than four and a half lakhs.
The leader of the Rohingya Repatriation Movement Council believes that the departure of new Rohingyas will take Bangladesh into a longer term crisis.Bangladesh will have to be firm on its demand to take the old people(Rohingyas) back to the Rakhaine state.
However, the process of returning the new and old Rohingyas will be continued to send back their country, said officials.According to the 1992 treaty, the repatriation process was continued for several years but blocked in 2002.Therefore, Bangladesh should remain alert if the repatriation starts again, it should not be stopped after sometimes.