Rohingyas’ Relocation to Bhasan Char

UN working with Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent

3 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque on Monday said that the United Nations (UN) is working with Bangladesh over temporary relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char.

A technical team of the United Nations is expected to visit Bhasan Char in this regard, he said.

The foreign secretary made the comments while exchanging views with a group of journalists at The Foreign Service Academy (FSA) in the city.

Shahidul Haque said the UN has long been working with the government on the issue, and this is not right to say the UN is opposing the Bhasan Char relocation plan.

On the Gambia’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Myanmar for committing genocide against Rohingyas, Foreign Secretary said Gambia will fight the case.

Replying to a query, he said that at the same time Bangladesh government is working intensely at bilateral and multilateral stage for safe and conducive Rohingya repatriation.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already made Bangladesh’s position clear at the UN and Myanmar is also aware that Bangladesh is working in two fronts, he said.

Bangladesh wants sustainable Rohingya repatriation and for that accountability is a must, said Md Shahidul.

Mentioning Bangladesh as the potential corridor point of Asia, the foreign secretary said Bangladesh is becoming the strategic corridor of Asia, but Rohingya crisis has weakened the potential.

Bangladesh is currently hosting around 1.2 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 amid a military crackdown in Rakhine state by Myanmar.