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US seeks ‘unified voice’ of neighbors for Rohingya repatriation

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Staff Reporter
The United States has sought an equal role from Myanmar's all neighbors with "broad and unified voice" so that Rohingyas can get the confidence back to return to their homeland without any fear of further deportation.
"We need every single one of Myanmar's neighbors [to have that done]," US Secretary of State Stephen E Biegun said while responding to a question at a roundtable discussion with a group of journalists yesterday.
Myanmar is bordered by Bangladesh and India to its northwest, China to its northeast, Laos and Thailand to its east and southeast, and the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal to its south and southwest.
Biegun made it clear that this is not simply the responsibility of the government of Bangladesh, as generous as that government has been.
"This is a global priority and one that every major country in the Indo-Pacific should be speaking with equal outspokenness to the government of Myanmar to take the steps necessary to ease this crisis," he said adding that they need to find out every possible means.
Biegun laid emphasis on international cooperation and collaboration staying outspoken like the US so that Myanmar makes sure Rohingyas will no longer be mistreated and they have confidence to start returning to the Rakhine State.
The Deputy Secretary of State said the US has been "quite outspoken" and used its "political influence" as much as possible to influence decisions inside Myanmar regarding the treatment and restoration of rights of these people.
He emphasized that this requires a regional and a global response. "All countries need to work together shoulder to shoulder."
Biegun said they very much agreed with the government of Bangladesh that a solution needs to be found to restore the rights and right of return of the people who are currently in camps in Cox's Bazar.
"We’ve to meet their immediate humanitarian needs, but we also have to redouble our efforts in the international community to reach a long-term solution," he said.
During his recent visit, the US Deputy Secretary of State discussed the challenges and ways to get a per