Bangladesh asks USA to invest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

The Daily Star September 12, 2012

The government yesterday urged the United States and the international community to invest in Rakhine state of Myanmar to create livelihood so that it could bring a permanent end to the sufferings of Rohingyas.

Investment in Rakhine will also help Bangladesh to get a relief from the influx of Rohingyas into the country.

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The government made the suggestion when a four-member high-powered delegation from the US State Department sought Bangladesh’s views for a long-term humanitarian solution to the Rohingya crisis.

The delegation arrived in Dhaka yesterday after visiting for three days the camps in Rakhine state where Muslim Rohingyas and Burmese Buddhists are living.

The team met senior officials of the foreign ministry yesterday afternoon.

During the meeting, the officials also reiterated that Bangladesh wanted to send back the remaining Rohingya refugees through bilateral negotiations with Myanmar.

In response to the US team’s query about Bangladesh’s policy towards operation of NGOs in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, the ministry officials said the government had discontinued renewal to three international NGOs working in Noapara and Kutupalong camps, as they worked beyond their mandate.

The US team is comprised of Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alyssa Ayres, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Joseph Y Yun, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Kelly Clements, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Daniel Baer.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Dan Mozena accompanied the delegation.

The US team will also consult with UN officials, NGOs, and members of the diplomatic community in Dhaka and will visit Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf today.

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