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Quader: Govt prefers diplomatic engagement with Myanmar over war

  • Published at 10:23 pm August 29th, 2019
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader Dhaka Tribune

International community has been putting pressure on Myanmar for a peaceful solution  

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said that Bangladesh does not want to engage in war with Myanmar over Rohingya repatriation. 

“We do not want send the Rohingya people to their homes through a war. Diplomatic overture is on and Rohingya refugees will be sent to Myanmar through diplomatic activity,” said Quader.

He made the statement while addressing a discussion program arranged by the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) to mark national mourning day at the BMA auditorium in the capital on Thursday.

Obaidul Quader, who is also a Cabinet minister, was highly critical of the opposition BNP saying that it used to hold meeting with diplomats on a regular basis but BNP did not raise concern to foreign representatives over Rohingya crisis in last two years.

He said: “BNP is now alleging that Bangladesh government failed to send back Rohingyas to Myanmar due to diplomatic failure.”

He claimed that Awami League led government has been determined in its effort with the international community to send the Rohingya refugees back . 

The ruling party general secretary also alleged that BNP is now proposing a national unity over Rohingya issues for political advantages.

He said: “When the whole world is pressuring on Myanmar and people of Bangladesh are united over the issue --- on the contrary, BNP has been trying to downplay the initiative in the name of national unity.”

The government is actively engaged in finding a solution to the Rohingya issue so that the displaced community could go back their motherland, he added.

The Rohingya people have faced decades of systematic discrimination, statelessness and targeted violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. These people found temporary shelter in refugee camps around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which is now home to the world’s largest refugee camp.

BMA President Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin was in chair while Awami League and leaders representing doctors’ spoke at the meeting.