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Dhaka seeks EU’s support for repatriation of Rohingyas

Dhaka seeks EU’s support for repatriation of Rohingyas

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Bangladesh has sought effective measures by the European Union for creating a conducive environment in Myanmar for sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen raised the issue and explained that Bangladesh is facing enormous social, economic and environmental cost by sheltering over 1.1 million Rohingyas.

Dr Momen held a bilateral meeting with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice-President of the European Commission (HRVP) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York recently.

HRVP Borell thanked Bangladesh for the humanitarian gesture to the Rohingyas, and assured that EU would work with Bangladesh and the international community to ensure sustainable repatriation of the Rohingyas.

The issue of climate change was discussed in the bilateral meeting.

Foreign Minister Momen briefed the HRVP about the role of Bangladesh as the President of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday.

He raised the issue of the 100 billion dollars annual climate fund pledged by the developed countries, and requested EU to fulfill the commitment.

Dr Momen stressed on the importance of allocation of 50 per cent of the climate financing for adaptation measures.

He explained the importance of loss and damage incurred because of river erosion, intrusion of salinity, sea level rise, floods and draughts.

The Foreign Minister emphasised sharing of responsibility for the climate migrants – the people uprooted from their homes and traditional jobs because of impacts of climate change.

Dr Momen also explained the need of creating high and wide embankments in the coastal belt, and in the areas prone to river erosion. He invited public funding and private sector investment from EU in developing the embankments, with roads, solar panels and windmills on those.

Josep Borell remarked that significant efforts would be needed to contain the temperature rise to the maximum limit of 1.5 degree Celsius.

He was of the view that there would be social and economic shocks in the effort of addressing the challenges of climate change.

The Foreign Minister agreed with the HRVP, and sought technology transfer for coping with the mitigation targets.