Impasse in Rohingya repatriation leads to security challenge: Bangladesh


Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen has said negative impacts of the impasse in the repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas have been leading to various security challenges for Bangladesh and the region.

‘Bangladesh being a small country with high population density has already overburdened with other critical challenges of its own,’ he told a discussion in New York on Thursday, a press release said in Dhaka on Friday (Feb 24).

The minister said the prolonged presence of the 1.2 million displaced Rohingya population in Bangladesh is ‘not tenable’ in any consideration.

Referring to the recently adopted Security Council resolution, the foreign minister called for urgent and coordinated actions involving all stakeholders to achieve the deliverables proposed in the Council resolution and other General Assembly Resolutions on Rohingya.

He particularly put metaphases on the importance of the leadership of ASEAN countries.

The foreign minister held the high-level interactive dialogue on the Rohingya crisis with the participation of key members States like Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Djibouti, Egypt, The Gambia, Indonesia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Senegal, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The discussion focused on possible concerted efforts by all relevant stakeholders towards the implementation of the recently adopted UN Security Council Resolution on Myanmar (2669) and other General Assembly Resolutions adopted earlier on the Rohingya crisis.

The participants expressed their commitment to remain engaged for durable and sustainable solutions to the Rohingya crisis including through the implementation of ASEAN’s five-point consensus which is an important stepping stone for a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.

They also highlighted the need for addressing root causes of the crisis, according to Bangladesh Mission in the UN.

The participants also expressed their deep appreciation to the Government of Bangladesh for hosting and providing all necessary humanitarian supports to more than 1.2 billion Rohingya in Bangladesh.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Ambassador Muhammad Abdul Muhith was present at the meeting and delivered the welcome remarks.

Later, in the afternoon, foreign minister held a bilateral meeting with US Congressman and Ranking Member of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Gregory Meeks (D-NY). During the meeting, they discussed issues of mutual interests between Bangladesh and the USA.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA, Muhammad Imran was present in the meeting, among others.

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