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PM to place specific proposals for Rohingya repatriation: FM

    20th September, 2018 11:06:28 printer

PM to place specific proposals 
for Rohingya repatriation: FM

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali speaks at a press conference at the ministry in the capital on Thursday. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were present. - SUN PHOTO

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will place fresh specific proposals at the 73rd UN General Assembly seeking a stronger role from the international community so that Myanmar acts promptly and takes Rohingyas back, reports UNB.

“She (PM) will place some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a press conference at his ministry on Thursday.

He said the government wants to see safe, sustainable and dignified return of Rohingyas and is working in a peaceful manner. “The international community is beside us.”

The Foreign Minister said all the countries will not speak in the same language but they all agreed on their safe return to Myanmar recognising that the root cause lies in Myanmar.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were present at the press conference.

During the 72nd UNGA session, Prime Minister Hasina placed a five-point specific proposal to ensure the sustainable return of all the Rohingyas now in Bangladesh to Myanmar which was appreciated by the international community.

She is scheduled to leave Dhaka on Friday and reach New York on Sunday.

After the Myanmar Army crackdown in Rakhine state that began on August 25 last year, over 700,000 displaced Rohingyas entered Bangladesh, while several hundred thousand more have been living in Cox’s Bazar for years.

Minister Ali said the overall pressure on Myanmar has been increased to find a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis. He said there will be a number of events at the 73rd UNGA through which Bangladesh will be able to describe the steps taken so far by Bangladesh and the challenges before the international community.

The Prime Minister will deliver her speech, as usual in Bangla, at the general debate of the UNGA on September 27, said Minister Ali.

She will also focus on establishing peace in the world, safe migration, rights of Palestinians, women empowerment, establishing Digital Bangladesh, climate change challenges and democratic continuity in the country apart from highlighting Bangladesh’s achievements in various areas, he said.

Bangladesh will also highlight the progress made so far, impressive economic growth and issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenges.

There will be an official delegation of around 50 members, including Minister Ali, to accompany the Prime Minister at the UNGA apart from a big business delegation who will attend at their own arrangements.

Countries like the US, the UK, Canada, France, Australia, OIC member states and other countries are also preparing to take up the issue seeking an early solution to the protracted problem, said a diplomatic source.

Bangladesh has urged the Member States of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to support Rohingya issue in their engagements during the forthcoming UN General Assembly.

The State Minister made the request when a 16-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) visited Bangladesh recently.

The delegation, comprising of MPs from seven member states of the PUIC — Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey — also visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Heads of state or government, members of their parties and other delegations, observers or individual members will attend the UNGA session.