Bangladesh is both “worried and angry” as it faces yet another wave of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.
“What can we say about this? We are a bit worried and angry. There have been attempts to really shake the world’s conscience,” Muhith said replying to questions by reporters on Monday.
“You heard what our foreign minister said. I believe it is a matter that requires urgent intervention from the international community.”
The Myanmar government has been neglecting calls from Bangladesh to take back the hundreds of thousands of its nationals living as refugees in Bangladesh for more than a decade.
Stateless and persecuted, the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar has drawn international condemnation.
The country’s army began a violent counterassault in Rakhine district after scores died in terror attacks by Muslim insurgents on police and army posts on Aug 25.
Over 50 bodies of Rohingyas were recovered near Bangladesh’s southeast border with Myanmar. About 90,000 refugees have crossed the border in hopes of safety since the latest operation. They have reported witnessing murder, rape and arson.
“We are trying to maintain good relations with Myanmar, and we have been keeping good relations. But it is unfortunate that they have maintained this cruel attitude for so long,” Muhith said.
“It’s very disappointing that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been supporting this.”