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Foreign secy: The Rohingya influx can become a security issue

  • Published at 04:08 PM October 14, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:22 AM October 15, 2017
Foreign secy: The Rohingya influx can become a security issue
File photo: Foreign Secretary M Shahidul HaqueDhaka Tribune

'Bangladesh is not leaving a single stone unturned to find a solution to the crisis'

Bangladesh Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said the ongoing Rohingya crisis might become a security issue in the region and Bangladesh is looking forward to find a peaceful solution to it as early as possible.

“We will continue to build pressure (on Myanmar). We are going everywhere. We are going to all countries (you mentioned),” he said during a dialogue on the Rohingya issue in a city hotel on Saturday.

He said Bangladesh is not leaving a single stone unturned to find a solution to the crisis which lies within Myanmar.

“We have a very articulated policy,” Haque said adding that they are intensifying diplomatic efforts through multilateral and international forums and international bodies.

The foreign secretary said Rohingya issue is multidimensional and multilayered.

Explaining how Rohingya issue might become a security issue, Haque said, “It was basically a humanitarian movement. Subsequently, it became a border issue and it might become a security issue.”

“We are not denying that there is no potential to become a security issue,” he emphasised.

A foreign ministry official said Bangladesh is sending a special envoy to China and Russia to further discuss the Rohingya issue soon.

Earlier, the speakers laid emphasis on intensifying diplomatic efforts through multilateral and international forums to end the crisis.

They sought steps to set up a separate desk at the Foreign Ministry to deal with Russia, China and India over the Rohingya issue.

Cosmos Foundation arranged the dialogue on “Domestic, Regional and International Dimensions of the Rohingya Issue: Dealing with a Man-made Crisis” to highlight the issue and offer some solutions to the crisis.

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