Bangladesh sought support from international community on Thursday to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
The foreign minister discussed the Rohingya crisis at a meeting with the diplomatic community which has raised security concerns for Bangladesh.
The Foreign Ministry called the meeting over the Myanmar issue to develop possible solutions to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, the foreign minister, briefed the members of the diplomatic community on the evolving situation in Myanmar and Bangladesh-Myanmar relations at the State Guest House, Padma.
The foreign minister urged the international community to play its part in the issue.
He requested the diplomatic community to sensitise their governments so that a coordinated approach can be taken to address the issue, said a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry soon after the meeting.
Ambassadors, high commissioners, heads of missions of various diplomatic missions including USA, Canada, EU, UK, Norway, Denmark, India and China and from the Office of UNRC, IOM and UNHCR attended the briefing.
The diplomatic community agreed with Bangladesh to resolve the Rohingya crisis through peaceful negotiations with the Myanmar government, Ali told reporters after the meeting.
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The minister described Bangladesh’s stance over Myanmar crisis to the diplomatic members saying that the government of Bangladesh provided suo-moto to the government of Myanmar since the terrorist attacks took place in the Myanmar border outposts on October 9 this year.
As a responsible neighbour, Bangladesh not only condemned the attack, it also provided critical assistance to the government of Myanmar by apprehending suspects and sharing intelligence.
The foreign minister, however, expressed serious concern on the influx of Rakhine Muslims into the territory of Bangladesh in spite of Bangladesh Border Guard’s efforts to stop the flow.
Bangladesh has already requested the government of Myanmar to take appropriate measures so that the Muslim minorities in Myanmar are not forced to take shelter across the border.
The ambassador of Myanmar in Dhaka was called by the ministry on 23 November and concerns of Bangladesh government were conveyed to him.
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On the other hand, Ali at another event the same day said Bangladesh is letting in some of the Rohingyas fleeing the violence in Rakhine state of Myanmar on humanitarian grounds.
“However, Bangladesh still stands firm on refusing to open the border along Myanmar. But in some cases, we are allowing Rohingyas after considering the inhumane conditions they have escaped from,” the minister said at a press conference arranged to brief the media on his upcoming visit to Hungary for the Budapest Water Summit-2016 at the Foreign Ministry.
“The government is providing them with food and emergency services,” he said.
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“Despite our tightened security measures, some Rohingyas are entering Bangladesh as the entire border with Myanmar is yet to be fully secured,” he added.
According to our correspondents, several hundred Rohingyas managed to enter Bangladesh in the last two days despite tight vigil by the Border Guard Bangladesh and Coast Guard.
Some of them took shelter at the makeshift official Rohingya camp at Leda of Mochina in Teknaf.
The United Nation’s refugee agency UNHCR and New York-based rights body Human Rights Watch have asked Bangladesh to open its border with Myanmar and allow the Rohingyas to seek protection.