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Jakarta Post

RI renews calls for safe repatriation of Rohingya

  • Dian Septiari


Jakarta   /   Mon, January 25 2021   /  01:00 am
This picture taken on Sept. 9, 2020 shows a group of Rohingya women queueing up for medical check-ups at a transit camp after nearly 300 Rohingya migrants came ashore on the beach in Lhokseumawe, on the northern coast of Sumatra island.(AFP/Rahmat Mirza)

Indonesia has again urged Myanmar to ensure the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees as ASEAN moves sluggishly to ensure the safety of the minority group. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said recently that ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi had reported at an ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat on Thursday that two of the four priority projects under the bloc’s 2019 preliminary needs assessment had been implemented and that the other two were still under discussion. She did not provide details on the projects, which aim to help Myanmar prepare for the repatriation. An ad hoc support team made up of members of the ASEAN Secretariat and the Myanmar government are pursuing additional project proposals, which include plans for road infrastructure, health, education and livestock. Indonesia has requested that the ASEAN Secretariat and Myanmar begin w...