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Bangladesh briefs top UN officials about Bhasan Char relocation plan

  • Published at 01:07 am April 25th, 2019
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The photo, collected from project official Atikul Islam’s Facebook page, shows houses built under a project to accommodate Rohingya refugees in Bhashan Char, Noakhali, Bangladesh

Heads of IOM, UNHCR, UN-OCHA jointly meet Shahriar Alam

Bangladesh has said the relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char Island will help address the congestion problem in the Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Wednesday informed the visiting three top UN officials that the government of Bangladesh has already developed Bhasan Char island to accommodate some 1,00,000 Rohingyas, reports UNB.

Heads of three UN agencies – Filippo Grandi, United Nations high commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Vitorino, director general of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Lowcock, head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and emergency relief coordinator - jointly met the state minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the afternoon.

They are currently on a joint visit until April 28 and will be visiting the Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps on Thursday and Friday.

Shahriar expressed dissatisfaction at the failure of Myanmar to build confidence among the Rohingyas to return to their homeland.

He urged the visiting UN agency heads to put in further efforts to create a conducive environment in northern Rakhine and also enhance the engagement with Myanmar in building schools, hospitals, mosques, and other basic structures for the Rohingyas in their place of return.

The state minister also reiterated the proposal of creating a safe zone in Myanmar proposed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the UN General Assembly and requested the visiting dignitaries to pursue with Myanmar to create the safe zone.

At the end of the meeting, the State Minister assured Bangladesh’s full support to the humanitarian actors working for the Rohingyas and urged the UN agencies to take effective steps to solve the Rohingya crisis.

The delegation updated the state minister about the recent development of work of the UN agencies in the northern Rakhine of Myanmar.

The delegation said though the development is not significant, the situation is better than before, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

They also informed of the funding status to implement the Joint Response Plan-2019.

The delegation members commended Bangladesh's efforts towards addressing the basic needs of the Rohingyas and said Bangladesh has dealt with the Rohingya issue in an exemplary way.

They said the visit is intended to express consolidated solidarity to Bangladesh.

They also raised the issue of education, training, and livelihood opportunities for the Rohingyas in the Cox's Bazar camps.