Int’l community failed to resolve Rohingya crisis

UN resident coordinator admits

Staff Correspondent

10 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo on Wednesday admitted the international community’s collective failure in resolving the Rohingya crisis.

She made the comment at the ‘DCAB Talk’ held at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city.

There is a collective failure to influence Myanmar. It is not just the UN, it also included many others as well, she said. “Now it is up to the world to keep it that way by standing with Bangladesh in shouldering this burden-and standing with the Rohingya people in healing and finding their way forward,” she said.

She mentioned that the root causes of Rohingya originated in Myanmar. She emphasized two aspects of resolving the crisis.

“Of course, a key objective is creating conditions conducive to voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity. Still, regardless of when that happens, we have to continue to address the impacts of Rohingya crisis on Bangladeshi host communities and the Rohingya refugees while they are here” she said.     “We need to be smart in ensuring that how we plan, fund and implement programme tailored to the specific problems we are trying to address”, she continued.

The second aspect, she said, is the ‘sustainability’ of the solution.

“Ensuring that any solution is sustainable is not a lofty ideal but a concrete requirement for it to work. It takes time and careful consideration of how everything we do today sets the stage for what is possible tomorrow,“ she said.

“This is true for the UN’s work on both sides of the border. We need to continue to seek ways to improve how we can help improve conditions in Rakhine State even while we do whatever we can to help Rohingya children, women and men – wherever they are – prepare for the rest of their lives,” she added.

About the Bangladesh’s progress, UN Resident Coordinator said that Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success since independence.

Presided over by DCAB President Raheed Ejaz, its general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke on the occasion.