UNGA President lauds Bhasan Char arrangements for Rohingyas

Diplomatic Correspondent

26 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Amid widespread criticism and protest by various international organisations and right bodies, the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozkir has highly appreciated Bangladesh government's efforts for accommodation of Rohingyas in Bhasan Char.

Volkan Bozkir, who arrived in Dhaka on Tuesday morning for a two-day visit to Bangladesh, said the arrangement for Rohingyas in the island will be another example to the world on how to deal with refugees.

The President of the 75th session of the UNGA was addressing a joint press briefing with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Service Academy on Tuesday afternoon.

He said he could not visit Bhasan Char but he saw a video on Bhasan Char and acknowledged the high-level works there, including precautions and safety measures.

Volkan Bozkir is scheduled to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district to meet Rohingyas on Wednesday and will make a press statement after the visit.

Earlier, the UNGA President had a bilateral meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen at the Foreign Service Academy.

He told reporters that they discussed Rohingya issue and also had very fruitful discussions on SDG 17 and peacekeeping operations.

Volkan Bozkir said Bangladesh's role in the UN peacekeeping operations is very much appreciated.

He also said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is really a leader on the climate issue.

Bozkir said he has admiration for Prime Minister Hasina for her political and humanitarian thinking and saluted the hospitality and courage that Bangladesh has shown to the Rohingya people.

“We discussed the plight of the Rohingya people, the situation in Myanmar, the impact of climate change, the importance of human-centred development, and gender equality and women’s empowerment,” he said, referring to his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

They also talked about the significance of the culture of people as Bangladesh is the number one troop-contributing country to UN peacekeeping operations. “It was a comprehensive and insightful discussion.”

"We discussed the Rohingya issue and we had very fruitful discussions on SDG 17, peacekeeping operations, migration and climate change issues,” said Foreign Minister Momen about his discussion with the UNGA President.

The Foreign Minister said they wanted him to go to Bhasan Char but because of timing he is unable to go there. “We showed him a video.”

Earlier on his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen received him.

Before his meeting with the Foreign Minister, Volkan Bozkir called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban in the morning and paid homage at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi where he signed the visitors’ book.

The UNGA President also delivered a speech at the Foreign Services Academy in which he spoke on the current international context - with a focus on global crises and emergencies - and reflected on the state of multilateralism and the United Nations system.

He also met the United Nations Country Team.