The UNHCR assistant high commissioner for protection, Volker Türk has said that any return of the Rohingya refugees who took shelter in Bangladesh must be voluntary, safe and dignified.
He also appreciated the role of Bangladesh in tackling the Rohingya issue and assured the country of full support from his agency.
“The people of Bangladesh and its authority have our full appreciation and admiration. You have literally saved over 6,00,000 lives by opening the border and allowing the Rohingyas to enter,” he told a press conference.
The UNHCR organised the conference at a hotel in Dhaka after Türk concluded his five-day visit to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.
“It is clear that we need to fight for the return of the refugees who fled from Rakhine State. It is obvious that the people who fled are in a very vulnerable and extremely dire situation,” he said.
About Myanmar government’s delay in solving the crisis, he recommended having patience and be persistent to ensure Rohingyas’ right to return to their homeland.