Sweden seeks Rohingya solution within Myanmar


Rohingya refugees from Myanmar gather on a boat as they are being rescued by Thai Navy officers before they head to Malaysia, at the Andaman coast, Phuket island, southern Thailand, January 29, 2013. Photo: Yongyot Pruksarak/EPA

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar gather on a boat as they are being rescued by Thai Navy officers before they head to Malaysia, at the Andaman coast, Phuket island, southern Thailand, January 29, 2013. Photo: Yongyot Pruksarak/EPA

Sweden recognises that the best solution of Rohingya refugees lies with the Myanmar government, a solution in which they create conditions for them to live “peacefully” in their own country, reports bdnews24.com on April 27. 

“This is one of the tragic and unresolved problems,” Stockholm’s ambassador in Dhaka Mr Johan Frisell said, as he spoke on his country’s foreign policy in Europe and Asia on April 27 in Dhaka.

“If the condition were much better, not only would the remaining Rohyinga population stay (in Myanmar), that it could also create conditions for those in Bangladesh to return,” he said, replying a question.

Thousands of Muslim Rohingya population fled sectarian violence in Myanmar and took shelter in Bangladesh over the decades.  

“We all know the best solution is government of Myanmar creates condition for this group to live peacefully in their own country,” the ambassador said. 

He, however, did not see any solution through a third country resettlement.

The Myanmar government is unwilling to recognize the Rohingya as Myanmar citizens, labeling them Bengali, inferring they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Communal conflict in Rakhine State, primarily in 2012, has resulted in thousands of Rohingya forced to live in camps. 

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