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Deal on UN operational engagement in Bhasan Char likely on Saturday

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 7 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh and the United Nations are likely to sign a formal document on Saturday to find ways for UN engagement at Bhasan Char aiming to support the government’s massive investment made to ensure better living for the forcible distressed Myanmar nationals known as Rohingya.

Highly placed official sources told the Daily Sun on Wednesday that they have already finalised a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and expecting it to be signed on Saturday. The deal will make it clear about the nature of UN engagement in Bhasan Char and what will be their specific areas of cooperation.

The Bangladesh Government has planned to relocate of 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhashan Char and so far authorities shifted nearly 20,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char since December 2020. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday said operational engagement of the UNHCR at Bhasan Char will begin soon.

UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo has recently said they want to be partners in trying to create something so that everybody can live and the conversation that they are having now is important. Regarding the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to engage in Bhasan Char, she said there are protections and humanitarian imperatives and they are obviously looking to support the massive efforts of the government in Bhasan Char.