Dhaka seeks int'l interventions to end Rohingya crisis

Dhaka seeks int’l interventions to end Rohingya crisis


Dhaka – Bangladesh today sought international supports to end the Rohingya crisis amid continued influx of the minority Muslims in its territory and offered its assistance for social reconciliation and economic uplift of people in bordering Rakhine State of Myanmar.In an urgently called meeting of foreign envoys in Dhaka, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali sought international supports to resolve the longstanding challenge including the current crisis situation involving the Rohingyas, the minority Muslim community in Buddhist majority Rakhine.“He (Ali) requested the diplomatic community to sensitize their governments so that a coordinated approach can be taken to address the issue,” a foreign office statement said after the minister’s meeting with the envoys.It said Ali expressed “serious concern on the influx of Rakhine Muslims into the territory of Bangladesh in spite of Bangladesh Border Guard’s efforts to stop the flow” as he briefed the foreign diplomats on the evolving situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh-Myanmar relations at the state guest house of Padma.Ambassadors, high commissioners and heads of missions of various diplomatic missions including the United States, Canada, EU, Britain, Norway, Denmark, India and China and from the office of UNRC, IOM & UNHCR joined the briefing.According to the statement, Ali informed the envoys about Dhaka’s “deep interest” in helping Myanmar “in all possible ways – from addressing its security concern to contributing in the social reconciliation and economic uplift of people in Rakhine State”.The minister urged the international community to “play its due role in it (Bangladesh initiatives)”.The briefing came a day after Bangladesh asked Myanmar to resolve peacefully the crisis involving the Rohingya Muslims summoning the neighboring country’s ambassador in Dhaka.The minister told the envoys that Dhaka took a series of steps to “establish and maintain friendly relations with Myanmar, particularly with the newly elected NLD government through engagements at different levels”.”He also informed them about the cooperation that . . . Bangladesh provided sue motto to the government of Myanmar since the terrorist attacks took place in the Border Guard posts of Myanmar on October 9, 2016,” the foreign office statement said.As a responsible neighbor, he said, Bangladesh not only condemned the attack, it provided critical assistance to Myanmar by apprehending suspects and sharing intelligence.The envoys, the statement said, acknowledged that there was a need for increased assistance to the affected people and their willingness to contribute, if requested.The UN resident Coordinator at the meeting expressed serious concern at the continuously deteriorating situation in the Rakhine State “due to disproportionate reprisal actions by the Myanmar military”.Ali, however, expected that the situation in Myanmar would normalize soon and the people who took makeshift refuge in Bangladesh would be able to return to their homeland without fear of further violence and retaliation.The foreign ministry summoned Naypyidaw’s envoy Myo Myint Than late yesterday to express the concern over the renewed crisis in Myanmar’s Buddhist majority western Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh as hundreds of Rohingyas sneaked in the neighbouring country evading security eyes despite a virtual seal of the border. The foreign ministry yesterday told the Myanmar envoy that thousands of Myanmar citizens continued to make their ways to Bangladesh despite tightened border vigil while “Dhaka hoped Naypyidaw would improve security for Rohingyas so the refugees in Bangladesh can return home”.Dhaka also urged Myanmar to give “due consideration” to the international community’s call for an impartial investigation into the alleged indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force and human rights violation during the military operation in Rakhine.
Bangladesh earlier asked all its envoys around the world to brief the officials in their countries of stay about its position on the Rohingya issue and explain Dhaka’s inability to host any more Rohingya as it already provided shelters to nearly half a million documented and undocumented Muslim refugees who fled their home since 1991.The Rohingya, who make up the vast majority of those displaced in the fighting, are described by the UN as among the world’s most persecuted minorities. -BSS


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