Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that Bangladesh is showing patience despite Myanmar’s repeated violations of international law.
“We gave shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. But they have become uncomfortable for us day by day,” he said.
Bangladesh Centre for Indo-Pacific Affairs (BCIPA) organised the event held at Hotel Amari in the capital on Saturday.
Asaduzzaman Khan said, “Myanmar recently repeatedly dropped mortar shells on our border during the operation they conducted in the Rakhine state. They violated international law. We are showing so much patience. The members of our armed forces are also showing their patience.
“Strong protests have been lodged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We urge the international community to take a hard look at their violation of these rules.”
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said, “We strongly protested the current situation. We believe that the international community will stand by us.”
Dr Nayeem Ashfaque Chowdhury, Myanmar Expert of Bangladesh Centre for Indo-Pacific Affairs (BCIPA), presented a keynote paper.
Haznad Md Hashim, the Malaysian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, said Malaysia is supporting Bangladesh regarding the Rohingya issue from the very beginning.
Ito Naoki, Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh, said, "We need to join hands for the solution to the Rohingya crisis. Japan also supported Bangladesh to relocate Rohingya to Bhasanchar.
Dr Delwar Hossain, Professor of Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Richard Horsey, Senior Advisor of Myanmar International Crisis Group, Mohammad Mozahidul Islam, Professor of Department of History at Jahangirnagar University, Andreas Indregard, Regional Representative of NOREF and Former Political Advisor to Kofi Anan, Lt Gen (retd) Sabbir Ahmed, Former Chief of General Staff at Bangladesh Army, Prof Ky Thying Aung, Cox's Bazar Representative of the Rakhine Community, Nurul Islam, President of Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) and Representative of the Rakhine Community, Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Lilly Nicholls, Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Arturo Hines, Acting Political and Economic Counsellor of US Embassy, Imtiaz Ahmed, Professor of Department of International Relations at the University of Dhaka and security analyst Brigadier General (retd) M Sakhawat Hussain also spoke at the programme.