Indonesia Ready to Assist Rohingnya to Repatriate to Myanmar

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  • Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait in queues to receive aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Begum was only 18 months old when her mother, fleeing Muslim Rohingya persecution in Myanmar, smuggled her in a fishing boat into Bangladesh. When frantic relatives called her in late September to tell her that Myanmar soldiers were burning Rohingya villages and tens of thousands of Rohingya were fleeing, she jumped into action, making calls and raising money to arrange boats to bring 400 people to safety. AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

    Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait in queues to receive aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Begum was only 18 months old when her mother, fleeing Muslim Rohingya persecution in Myanmar, smuggled her in a fishing boat into Bangladesh. When frantic relatives called her in late September to tell her that Myanmar soldiers were burning Rohingya villages and tens of thousands of Rohingya were fleeing, she jumped into action, making calls and raising money to arrange boats to bring 400 people to safety. AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto stated that the government is currently coordinating with several Asian countries to process the repatriation of the people of Rohingya from Bangladesh to Rakhine State, Myanmar.

    He claimed that such a coordination is required to anticipate infiltration of a terrorist group to Myanmar.

    Read: At Least 6,700 Rohingya Killed in Myanmar Violence: Aid Group

    “We want them to return to Myanmar to establish peace. If terrorism infiltrates, it will cause terror, meaning that they will have to again go against Myanmar security officers,” Wiranto said in Jakarta on Friday, Dec. 15.

    However, Wiranto explained that Indonesia will not intervene the repatriation process of the Rohingya to Myanmar. The reason is, he continued, coordination is needed to maintain the stability of South East Asia from terrorism.

    “It is the same as what we did for the Philippines to neutralize ISIS base in Marawi,” he added.

    The minister also urged South Asian countries to remain vigilant to anticipate the potentials of a terrorist base establishment.

    ARKHELAUS WISNU