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Antonio Guterres: UN to put more pressure on Myanmar

  • Published at 03:16 pm July 1st, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:43 am July 2nd, 2018
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office Focus Bangla

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim also met with the prime minister at the same time

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Sunday, said the UN will put more pressure on Myanmar to clarify what they should do regarding the Rohingya issue.

“We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar...we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do over this issue,” he said  at his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim also met the prime minister at the same time.

Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the United Nations and the World Bank will continue their support to Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue.

Guterres mentioned that the international community reiterated their solidarity towards Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for sheltering the Rohingyas.

He noted, with satisfaction, that the World Bank has come forward to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya issue.

The prime minister apprised them about the current situation of the Rohingyas and mentioned that they began entering Bangladesh in 1977.

Bangladesh has given shelter to 1.1 million Rohingyas, on humanitarian grounds; and various services, including healthcare, are being provided to them.

She said the government is preparing an island to which to 100,000 Rohingyas will be relocated amd receive better living conditions and livelihood opportunities.

The premier said the local people of Bangladesh are experiencing adverse impacts as over one million people shelter in Bangladesh. “We have to look into their problems as well, and we are doing that.”

Regarding dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar’s governments, to repatriate the Rohingyas, she said both countries signed agreements over the matter. “But, they are yet to take any action for its implementation,” she added.

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Antonio Guterres said the UN’s main concern is the radicalization of the Rohingya’s education system—and he emphasized the government monitorthis. 

He had high praise for the socioeconomic development of Bangladesh, measures taken to counter terrorism and disaster management, and steps take to tackle climate change. “Bangladesh is one of the most successful counties in disaster management.” 

Mentioning that the cooperation with Bangladesh will continue, he also appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to establish peace across the globe—as the second-highest sender of peacekeepers . 

The UN secretary-general presented a photograph of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while he was giving his first speech at the UN General Assembly on September 25, 1974, to the prime minister.

President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim said development activities and humanitarian issues should be dealt with together—and assured the Prime Minister that the cooperation of the World Bank to Bangladesh government will continue.

He mentioned that Bangladesh is the second-highest recipient of World Bank loans. “And this shows our faith in your leadership; and we’re inspired by your leadership.” 

Congratulating Bangladesh’s drive towards graduating from the status of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Jim Yong Kim said he will request the World Bank Board avail Bangladesh of loans at a concessional rate.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the dream of the Father of the Nation was to build a poverty and hunger-free Bangladesh. “And we’ve made progress,” he said.

She said the GDP growth in the last fiscal year was 7.78%, while the electricity production in the country reached 18,000MW.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Adviser Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were, among others, present during the meeting. 

World Bank chief meets AMA Muhith

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has met with Finance Minister AMA Muhith during his visit to Bangladesh.

Finance Minister Muhith thanked Kim for his visit, saying it was a great pleasure that the visit came at this ‘critical hour’ for the nation.

“This country has had the advantage of being refugees in other countries and we can never forget it. Therefore we have taken in the refugees with open arms,” he said.

Kim said that he and UN Secretary-General Guterres were greatly concerned by the Rohingya situation.