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Rohingya crisis: Russia won’t support Security Council resolution

  • Published at 02:04 am December 28th, 2018
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Bangladesh is currently sheltering over 1.2 million Rohingyas in a number of refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov voiced Moscow’s position on Thursday

Russia, one of  five members members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) with veto powers has made it clear once again that it will not support any resolution in the council with regard to the Rohingya crisis that began on August 25, 2017.

Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander Ignatov voiced Moscow’s position on Thursday speaking as special guest at a seminar titled “47 Years of Friendship: Bangladesh-Russia Relations,” organized by the Bangladesh-Russia Friendship Society at the auditorium of the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).

“We don’t  support even one percent of the Britain-proposed resolution that we are talking about.

Even if we supposed that the resolution has been accepted that still will not resolve the Rohingya crisis in the future” he said,  responding to a question on the matter.

“Many countries have different positions on the issue and Russia supports the Chinese stance,”  the ambassador added.

“We don’t believe that pressure on Myanmar will solve the problem quickly. We believe the pressure creates more problems,” he added.

Emphasizing bilateral negotiations, the envoy also said that the repatriation agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar should be implemented.

“The violence in Rakhine should be looked into but the repatriation issue is a different matter,” he noted.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque attended the seminar as chief guest.