Dhaka to rely on United Nations for solution to Rohingya crisis

All options will be on table in UNGA: Watkins

Sun Online Desk

17th September, 2017 08:52:05 printer

Dhaka to rely on United Nations for solution to Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh wants to rely on the United Nations (UN) to find a solution to the problem it is facing now following the killings and persecution in Rakhine State of Myanmar resulting in the influx of over 4 lakh Rohingyas into Bangladesh since August 25.

"The Kofi Annan Commission's report is the basis. We'll be happy if it's implemented," State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told reporters at the Foreign Ministry here on Sunday, reports UNB. 

He said they can wait as the international community stands by Bangladesh.


After a meeting with outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Robert Watkins, the State Minister said Bangladesh is hoping to get proper and time-befitting steps through the UN.


He said Bangladesh will look for solutions through the UN while it will ensure quick delivery of humanitarian services to Rohingyas who took shelter in Bangladesh. "Providing them with medical facilities, food, sanitation and other facilities are our priority now," he said.


Watkins said there is only one long-term solution that is to make sure that refugees return to their homeland.


He said this issue has already been discussed in the UN Security Council and it will be discussed in the UNGA. "I'm sure all kinds of options will be on the table to try to bring about the kind of changes stopping destructions and killings that have been taking place in Myanmar," he told reporters.


He said Rohingya people have to be able to return with dignity and peacefully.