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Swiss President Says Rohingya Return Must Be Voluntary

Swiss President Alain Berset said Monday the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar must be voluntary. Berset, who is on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said after meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the situation of Rohingya in Bangladesh refugee camps is of great concern to his country. He said a recent agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar on repatriation of the refugees is a positive move, but it's "important that all returns are voluntary and safe, and carried out in dignity." Berset also pledged to provide an additional 12 million francs ($12.9 million) for Rohingya this year. He is expected to visit Rohingya refugee camps on Tuesday. The Swiss president praised Bangladesh's hosting of the refugees."Switzerland commends your government and the people of Bangladesh for the solidarity, assistance and protection offered to the Rohingya," he said. Up to 500,000 Rohingya have been living for decades...

 

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