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UNSC sits Monday; Rohingya issue to come up for discussion

Sun Online Desk     23rd July, 2018 12:44:44 printer

UNSC sits Monday; Rohingya issue to come up for discussion

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sits on Monday to discuss Myanmar issues where Rohingya issue will prominently come up.


The meeting will begin at 3pm Monday (New York Time) or 1 am Tuesday (Bangladesh Time).


An official at Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN said the meeting will be closed door consultation for Security Council members.


"The Council will mainly hear from the Secretary General's Special Envoy following her maiden visit to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in the last two months. Other concerned UN agencies will also brief," he told UNB.


The official said Bangladesh is not going to participate in the closed door consultation.


"There is likely to be an Open Briefing end of next month during UK Presidency of the Council," he added.


Bangladesh wants to deliver on Rohingya issue to have a sustainable solution to the crisis as the body having responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security sits for discussion.


The Myanmar government has so far not taken any visible steps for the safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas despite repeated calls from tRohingyahe international community, say diplomatic sources.


"UN Secretary General (Antonio Guterres) said the world is failing. I hope the UNSC has now much better understanding about the situation after the visit of its representatives. I just hope the UNSC will deliver on the matter as per our expectations," State Minister for Foreign Affairs M ShahriarAlam told UNB.


He laid emphasis on putting sustained pressure on Myanmar so that the Myanmar authorities take required steps to find the solution at the earliest.


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who recently visited Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar said the Rohingya are victims of ethnic cleansing and the world has failed them.


Over 700,000 of these have been forced to settle in the camps following the 'clearance operations' of the Myanmar military that commenced on 25 August 2017.


The Fact-Finding Mission is scheduled to present its findings to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 18.


It has previously presented three oral updates to the 47-member Human Rights Council - in September and December 2017, and March 2018.


United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Christine SchranerBurgener also conducted her first official visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16.


During her visit, she said the ongoing crisis requires a political solution that addresses the underlying issues.


In all the discussions during the visit, the Special Envoy also underlined the importance of accountability for the crimes committed, officials said.


Officials said Bangladesh maintains bilateral discussions with Myanmar apart from its efforts engaging the international community.


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will visit Myanmar on August 8 to see conditions for safe return of Rohingyas, including their safety and livelihood facilities, an official told UNB.