The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau:
“We have always called for international community’s active role in resolving the political aspects of the Rohingya problem, address the root causes and most importantly fulfill their fundamental right to return to their homes in safety, security, and dignity,” said the Foreign Minister at a high-level virtual discussion on Tuesday(June 15) organized by Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
The event titled “The current situation in Myanmar: implications for Rohingya Minority” was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey and the Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect.
The Foreign Minister said that after thorough assessment the UN and the development partners have expressed satisfaction with the arrangements in Bhashan Char and are now considering opening their operations in Bhashan Char. The Foreign Minister also recalled the efforts of the international community including the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in keeping the issue of Rohingya alive; while the efforts of the Security Council have always fallen short of concrete actions.
The panelists commended the government of Bangladesh profoundly for its remarkable humanitarian gesture and expressed their support in resolving the Rohingya crisis in a sustainable manner. They all recognized the need to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis which lies in Myanmar and support the ongoing accountability processes to ensure justice to the victims of human rights violations in Myanmar.
In the afternoon, Foreign Minister A. K Abdul Momen met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA) Vulkan Bozkir. Among others, they discussed the Rohingya crisis, climate change, and the Covid-19 vaccine. Foreign Minister also invited the President of GA to attend the World Peace Conference to be held in Dhaka. Mr. Vulkan Bozkir thanked the government of Bangladesh for its humanitarian role on the Rohingya issue and cooperation with his office on various issues related to the UN.
Later in the day, the Foreign Minister met with Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa `Utoikamanu, High-Representative, and Under-Secretary-General of OHRLLS. They discussed the issue of sustainable and irreversible graduation of LDCs, among others. As the co-chair of the preparatory committee of the LDC-5 Conference to be held in Doha, Qatar in January 2022, Foreign Minister reaffirmed Bangladesh’s commitment to work with all the partners for a bold and ambitious outcome.