Saturday, June 11, 2011
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested the US government to take initiative after discussion with the Myanmar government to bring back the Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
The premier made call when the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P Schwartz called on her at Gono Bhaban in the city on Thursday.
During the meeting, they discussed wide range of bilateral issues and matters concerning the Rohingya refugee problems in Bangladesh, said PM's Deputy Press Secretary Md Nazrul Islam after the meeting.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Adviser to the Prime Minister Prof Gawher Rizvi, Ambassador At Large M Ziauddin and US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty were present on the occasion.
The US assistant secretary of state arrived here on Tuesday on a three-day visit to meet with government officials and international and nongovernmental organisations to discuss humanitarian protection and assistance issues for the registered Rohingya refugees and undocumented Rohingya in Bangladesh.
There are over 29,000 registered Rohingya refugees living in two official camps in Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh since 1992. The government of Bangladesh estimates 200,000-500,000 undocumented Rohingya refugees are residing in various villages and towns outside the refugee camps.