We must try to overcome this crisis keeping our bilateral ties unhurt
Former Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni MP thinks Myanmar's traditional character suggests it may not easily succumb to international pressure to pave the way for quick repatriation of its forcibly displaced people.
Though Bangladesh's diplomatic efforts yielded success to evoke global support over the Rohingya crisis, it cannot be expected that Myanmar will change its character within one year of facing pressure from different countries, report UNB.
In an interview at her office in Parliament, Dipu said: "Bangladesh has to continue its bilateral, regional and multilateral efforts to overcome the crisis without hampering the bilateral ties with close neighbour Myanmar."
"It's important to understand the character of Myanmar first. This is such a country which brutally attacked its own minority population," she added.
Mentioning the displaced Rohingyas are not the victims of any natural disaster, the former Foreign Minister also said the Rohingyas may not want to go back home unless a suitable-secure environment and basic rights are ensured in Myanmar.
"It's not logical to think that such a crisis can be resolved only in one year, as Myanmar is a neighbouring country and Bangladesh cannot shut the door of bilateral discussions and compromise.
We can change history, but we can't change our geography. So, we must try to overcome this crisis keeping our bilateral ties unhurt." said Dipu.
In her interview, Dipu, the country's first female foreign minister, also talked about violence against women and identified it as one of the major obstacles to the way of women's development.
"Violence against women is a widespread problem not only in Bangladesh but also in the developed countries of the world where gender equality and women's rights are ensured," she said urging for joint efforts from both men and women to fight against the patriarchy.
"Women are human beings, and their human rights must be ensured," Dipu added. Appreciating the support of men for women's progress in society, she focused on creating public awareness about violence against women and fight against such social menace.
Stating that Bangladesh has a strong legal structure to tackle violence against women, especially the domestic one, Dipu said proper implementation of laws is crucial to bring an end to it.