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PM: Military measures won't solve Rohingya issue

  • Published at 07:15 pm December 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:26 pm December 8th, 2016
PM: Military measures won't solve Rohingya issue

"The Rohingya issue is a political problem and it cannot be resolved through military measures," her Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said, quoting the PM.

Sheikh Hasina, in talks with the newly appointed Danish ambassador, Mikael Hemnid, said she understands the problems of refugees very well, as she herself was in exile for six years after the brutal killing of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.

She referred to the example of settling the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) problems in Bangladesh in 1997 through peaceful internal negotiations and laid importance on resolving the Rohingya problem in neighbouring Myanmar domestically.

"CHT agreement led to the surrender of arms by the insurgents," she said.

The premier made these statements as they discussed various matters relating to mutual interests as well many global issues including the Rohingya problems in Myanmar, Ihsanul added.

Listing various development activities undertaken by Hasina's government in the CHT region, she said that the people of these areas can now benefit from mobile phone and internet facilities apart from other advantages.

[caption id="attachment_39055" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Newly appointed Danish ambassador to Bangladesh Mikael Hemnid calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday PID Newly appointed Danish ambassador to Bangladesh Mikael Hemnid calls on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday PID[/caption]

Hasina, however, reiterated her zero tolerance policy against terrorism.

Mikael said his country is keen to be a partner of Bangladesh's aspired goal to be a middle income country by 2021, while Copenhagen is proud to be a development partner of Bangladesh.

The envoy said that there is good potential for cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the green energy sector.

Sheikh Hasina invited the Danish entrepreneurs to invest in Bangladesh's agro and food processing industries, saying that some 100 Special Economic Zones are being built across the country in specific areas to encourage industrial growth and save agricultural land.

The main focus of the current government is to develop the country, particularly the rural areas, Hasina said, adding that the government has been continuing its relentless efforts at the grassroots level.

Mikael also thanked the Prime Minister for hosting the 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit to be held in Dhaka on December 10-12.

The PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury was present on the occasion.