Tripartite meeting on Rohingya repatriation today
Published: 01:02 PM, 19 January 2021
A Rohingya camp in Cox`s Bazar
The much-awaited secretary-level tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, China and Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation is set to be held in the capital on Tuesday.
The meeting will be held virtually this afternoon. Foreign Secretary Masud bin Momen will lead the meeting from Bangladesh.
In preparation for the meeting, the Foreign Secretary met with Chinese Ambassador Li Jiming on Monday. A proposal to begin village-based repatriation to restore trust among Rohingyas will be placed at the meeting, the foreign secretary told reporters yesterday.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017, after a military crackdown by Myanmar.
In last three years, Myanmar did not take back a single Rohingya while the attempts of repatriation failed twice due to trust deficit among Rohingyas about their safety and security in the Rakhine state - their land of origin.
Earlier, a foreign minister-level tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, China and Myanmar was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2019. However, this will be the first secretary-level tripartite meeting between the three countries.