Continued clashes are taking place between Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar military at the Myanmar – Bangladesh border. Heavy artillery bullets fired towards Bangladesh by the Myanmar military and fighter planes continue to head towards Bangladesh.
Some scholars estimate that the border tension between Myanmar – Bangladesh could make the resolution to the Rohingya crisis more distant and increase the difficulty to repatriate. Bangladesh is optimistic about starting the repatriation of the Rohingya by the end of this year. Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said, “We are trying to do it for our own sake because they are becoming a burden for us.”
Bangladesh has protested repeated airspace violations by Myanmar. Bangladesh on Sunday summoned Myanmar’s Ambassador to Dhaka for third times in two weeks in protest against the growing border tension and violation of the Bangladeshi airspace.
“I hope that repatriation will start by the end of this year by the any possible ways, but no guarantee for our security and safety may impact on systematic repatriation process. People may lose trust on repatriation, if there is no guarantee of security and safety,” said Mr. Ali Jannah Hussin, a Rohingya youth activist from the largest world Refugee in Bangladesh. “If we look activities of AA, it seems that they are blocking our repatriation. AA has no political willingness to back Rohingya to their original homeland. The international community need to put pressure on AA, he added.”
A Rakhine political analyst, U Phay Than believes that the current military tension in Arakan State may effect the cooperation between Bangladesh and Myanmar, according the VOA news.
“At the same time, the Military Council saying that they will accept the Rohingya Refugee, but the Refugees are also talking about ensuring their safety and want to return with dignity,” he added.