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Rohingya repatriation cancelled
The much-awaited Rohingya repatriation scheduled to begin today was cancelled at the last moment as the refugees refused to return to Myanmar’s Rakhine state from where they fled brutal military campaign last year.
The refugees don’t want to return now, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters after a briefing with the foreign diplomats in the capital this evening.
He said Bangladesh sheltered the persecuted Rohingya with an open heart when they fled Rakhine last year.
We cannot force them to go, he said adding that Bangladesh will now discuss with Myanmar on sending a group of Rohingya leaders (majhis) to Rakhine state to see for themselves the arrangements made there.
A total 150 Rohingya people of 30 families from the camp were supposed to be repatriated to Myanmar through Ghumdhum border of Bandarban today.