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Myanmar not attending GFMD summit

  • Published at 01:14 am December 6th, 2016
Myanmar not attending GFMD summit
Representatives from 122 countries will attend the summit, the largest platform for developing migration rights as well as addressing refugee crises, but Myanmar will not be sending representatives. As the host of the global summit, Bangladesh invited Myanmar cordially as their attendance is highly significant amid the ongoing Rohingya crisis, but no response was received. The registration for attending the summit expired on November 25 but the country did not register, said a diplomatic source. Some countries were considered for registration as late as November 28, but Myanmar did not. No reason has been provided as to why they are not attending the summit. Bangladesh had postponed a secretary level meeting scheduled for November due to the reluctance of Myanmar. According to Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Mohammad Sufiur Rahman, the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh has decreased since the visit of UN Secretary Kofi Annan to the Rakhine state. Sufiur Rahman made the statement at a meeting to brief the foreign minister, held yesterday . The UN Secretary began a fact-finding visit to Myanmar on December 2. The Myanmar Army has been accused of committing large-scale violence against the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, with the destruction of villages resulting in civilian casualties and an exodus of refugees into Bangladesh. Despite calling out to the international community to end the turbulent Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh did not receive the expected response, said a senior officer of foreign affairs. He said that the big parties, including China, USA, UK and the UN, did not play their expected roles with regard to the recent destruction in the Rakhine state. With the exception of some human rights agencies and the UNCHR, no one raised their voice or made an official statement. The USA is yet to respond to the recent religious crisis in Myanmar as the country is going through an administrative transition period, said a diplomatic source. Earlier, on November 24, Bangladesh sought support from the international community to resolve the Rohingya crisis.