The Policy Times Dhaka Bureau:
“We provided shelter to the Rohingya out of humanitarian consideration; however, the solution to the crisis lies in their safe and sustainable repatriation to Myanmar, which couldn’t even be commenced in the last four years. Now the UN needs to provide us with a clear roadmap in this regard.” Said the Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen, MP at a bilateral meeting with Christine S. Burgener, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York, on June 16 (Wednesday).
The Foreign Minister referred to the negative impacts of the protracted presence of the Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, particularly for the host community, and briefed the Special Envoy on the Bhashan char project where the Rohingya can engage in economic activities and stressed the engagement of UN in providing humanitarian assistance there.
The Special envoy briefed the foreign Minister on her efforts to reach out to the UN member States, and all other stakeholders within and outside Myanmar with a view to resolving the crisis in Myanmar in a sustainable manner so that the conditions on the ground could be improved and the repatriation could commence soon. She also expressed her eagerness to visit Bhashan Char.
Later, the Foreign Minister had a meeting with the Under-Secretary-General (USG) for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and reiterated Bangladesh’s commitment to support and contribute to the peacekeeping operations of the UN. Referring to the pioneering role of Bangladesh in the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, he recalled the sacrifices of the peacekeepers, especially the women peacekeepers, and suggested that the DPO should promote women’s participation by preparing special documentaries and other communications materials.
USG Lacroix lauded Bangladesh for its contribution to UN peacekeeping for over three decades and expressed hope that the partnership between Bangladesh and the UN in the field of peacekeeping will continue to grow. He also praised the professionalism and dedication of Bangladeshi peacekeepers working in UN peacekeeping missions.