State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said Bangladesh has remained engaged with Myanmar in good faith to ensure safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya people to their homes.
As a responsible and responsive nation, Bangladesh has also been providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced people of Myanmar, he continued.The state minister came up with the remarks while speaking at the launching event of the Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis at UN HQ in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday.
The UNHCR, IOM and OCHA have jointly arranged the launching event attended by a large number of UN member countries and international organizations, said a handout issued by the foreign ministry.
The Joint Response Plan is the UN’s effort to engage the international community to meet up the mammoth humanitarian needs for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh for the period of March-December 2018, estimated cost of which is around 951 million US dollar.
IOM’s Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and Secretary-General of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society Feroz Salah Uddin also addressed the event.
Ambassador M Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva, was present.
Shahriar in his statement provided an overview of Bangladesh government’s efforts so far for ensuring unhindered humanitarian assistance to the forcibly displaced Rohingya population from Myanmar.The State Minister also underscored that Myanmar authorities have obligation, due to the bilateral agreements on return, to create conducive environment in Rakhine State.
The international community including the UN has the responsibility to play a role in this regard, he noted.
Shahriar also recalled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s emphasis on finding a solution in Myanmar where the root of the crisis lies.
He further added that the present crisis is indeed the result of systematic persecution, discrimination and exclusionary policies pursued by the Myanmar authorities over decades.
He expressed optimism that the Joint Response Plan would continue to get support and backing from friendly countries, international organizations and financial institutions.
In their interventions, the IOM DG, the High Commissioner, member states, UN and international organizations expressed their high appreciation to the government and people of Bangladesh for the generosity shown to the helpless Rohingyas.
They also commended the ongoing huge humanitarian activities led by the Bangladesh government.
The member states included the US, Canada, Brazil, UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Turkey, Thailand, Australia and Netherlands.
The international organizations included European Union, OIC, WFP, UNICEF, OHCHR, World Bank, WHO, UNFPA, FAO and UN-WOMEN.
They reiterated their commitment to continue to support the cause and the implementation of the Joint Response Plan.
The State Minister underscored the importance of keeping international community’s focus on the Rohingya crisis for ensuring a comprehensive sustainable solution.
Shahriar also separately held a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.