An adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has recommended that the United Nations should issue an international sanction on Myanmar to address the recent Rohingya crisis, reports BBC Bangla on Friday.
“There is no alternative to make the Myanmar government realise the gravity of the situation,” said political adviser to the Bangladesh premier, HT Imam, during an interview on BBC Bangla, Probaho.
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Adviser Imam drew reference to similar events in the past to substantiate his comment about issuing international sanctions on Myanmar.
"The UN issued sanctions on Iran for nuclear weapons. Sanctions were issued on Syria, Iraq and other countries as well. Nothing but similar international pressure can make the Myanmar government reconsider their actions towards the Rohingya issue,” he said.
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Rohingya refugee Mohammad Ayaz shows baton wound on his son Mohammad Osman's forehead at an unregistered refugee camp at Ukhiya in southern Cox's Bazar district on November 24, 2016 AFP
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali discussed the crisis situation of the Rohingya refugees with the foreign ambassadors on Thursday and made Dhaka's stance clear on this crisis.
According to a press release, AH Mahmud Ali spoke during the meeting about the kinds of support the Bangladesh government is willing provide to the Myanmar government.
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He expressed his optimism that the situation in Myanmar will soon become normal and the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh will be taken back to Myanmar.
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Border Guard Bangladesh personnel detain a suspected Myanmar citizen, centre, who is suspected by Rohingya escapees of spying for Myanmar, at a refugee camp in Teknaf in southern Cox's Bazar district on November 24, 2016 AFP
“Rohingya refugees have been allowed into Bangladesh for humanitarian reasons,” said the minister to reporters just prior to the meeting.
“It is quite difficult to stop every single person from coming in. It would also be inhumane to not let some of the refugees enter.’’
The refugees are being provided humanitarian aid such as food and medicines, the minister confirmed.