Press Release: ARNO Welcomes the Statement of Bangladesh Foreign Minister
Rebutting the statement of Burmese ruling military’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Dipu Moni said,
“Rohingyas were one of the many races that make up Burma's total population. Rohingyas have been in Burma for centuries and many of them have even held high posts in the Burmese government. Previous repatriation of quite a few hundred thousand Rohingyas and acceptance of the list of further 28,000 Rohingyas proved that they were very much part of the population of Burma. Rohingyas, who are predominantly Muslim residing in northern Arakan state in western Burma, had national radio programmes in their language in Burma. Just by excluding from any list will not make them anything other than an ethnic entity of Myanmar".
The ARNO with the Rohingya people feels encouraged by the positive stand of the Government of Bangladesh. Being an immediate neighbour bearing the brunt of the Rohingya problem, we hope the Bangladesh Government will endeavour for a permanent solution of the Rohingya problem.
The Rohingya have a long history and have grown with distinct ethnic characteristics in Arakan from peoples of different ethnical background over the past several centuries. They have a long history, a separate language, distinct culture and heritage; above all the 3 million Rohingyas form a homogenous group. They are peace-loving and peaceful-living. Yet they are not tolerated in the country because of their religion and ethnicity.
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