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BD expresses concern to Myanmar

Update : 24 Nov 2016, 02:32 AM
Bangladesh also urged Myanmar government to take measures to prevent Rohingya infiltration into Bangladesh. The call was made at a meeting between two Ambassadors of Bangladesh and Myanmar. They meeting was held yesterday at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, said a press release. Ambassador of Myanmar to Bangladesh Myo Myint Than was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to meet the Bangladesh ambassador, said Kamrul Ahsan, secretary of the ministry (Bilateral and Consular), in a press release. During the meeting, Kamrul expressed the government’s deep concern over the continued deteriorating situation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The secretary (Bilateral and Consular) informed the ambassador people from the  Rakhine State are entering Bangladesh due to humanitarian situation seeking safety and shelter across borders. “Despite our Border Guards sincere effort to prevent the influx, thousands of distressed Myanmar’s citizens including women, children and elderly people continue to cross border into Bangladesh,” said the release Thousands more have been reported to be gathering at the border crossing. Kamrul Ahsan requested Myanmar to assist Bangladesh to ensure the integrity of its border to prevent influx of people from Rakhine State into Bangladesh. He also protested against the tendency in the Myanmar media seeking to implicate Bangladesh into the incidents in Myanmar. The secretary also urged Myanmar to give due consideration to the demand from international community to conduct impartial investigation into the alleged  indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force and human rights violation during the ongoing  military operation in the  Rakhine State. He requested the ambassador to request his government to take urgent and appropriate measures so that Muslim minorities in the  Rakhine State are not forced to seek shelter across the border. He urged Myanmar to take urgent measures to bring back normalcy in the Rakhine State so that those who have already crossed and those who are waiting to cross the border, along with the internally displaced people, can go back to their villages without fear and with safety and dignity to pursue their normal life. On the other hand no high ups meeting held between Bangladesh and Myanmar over Rohingya crisis since last month after a militant attack on the border police and the army in Myanmar sparking serious turbulence into the country. “We did not have any direct conversation with Myanmar over the recent Rohingya crisis”, said Shahidul Haque, foreign secretary of foreign affairs Bangladesh. Bangladesh Government is trying to pursue the message of fixing border crisis through respective embassy, he said while addressing a press conference over GFMD (Global Forum on Migration and Development) held yesterday at foreign ministry headquarters. He said, the ongoing conflict with Rohingya is not bilateral issue. As the crisis is only of Myanmar so it will have to be fixed by this country, he added. He said, the Rohingya crisis can be addressed at GFMD summit if government delegation form Myanmar participated in it. But still Myanmar did not confirm about their participation in the coming summit from 10 to 12 December.
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