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Dhaka Tribune

Diplomatic efforts on

Update : 01 Dec 2013, 08:04 PM

At least three high-profile foreign dignitaries are due to visit Dhaka in a week or two amid political violence to boost diplomatic efforts to encourage two major political parties in a dialogue to hold inclusive and credible elections.  

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton is planning to come to Dhaka to this end.

Her visit will coincide with the visit of UN Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco and Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh who are coming to Dhaka in the first week of December.

Singh will arrive on December 4 and Taranco is scheduled to arrive on December 6.

“There is an indication that Ashton will come in the first half of December,” said a foreign ministry official.

She is expected to supplement the visit of Taranco who is coming to meet all the political stakeholders to have a fair election, he said.

In Dhaka, European Union High Commissioner William Hanna said the decision on sending observers to Bangladesh to watch the next general election was not taken yet.

He made the statement after a meeting with the Election Commission Sunday morning.

“The European Union will take decision on sending observers considering the current political situation,” Hanna said.

Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN AK Abdul Momen told the Dhaka Tribune that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon wrote a letter to the prime minister urging her to hold free, fair, credible, transparent and inclusive election.

“Ban Ki-moon wrote in his letter that he noticed that in the newly formed government, the opposition did not take part,” Momen said.

He also wrote that the secretary general was sending Taranco to discuss with the opposition to encourage them to engage in constructive dialogue to hold free, fair, credible, transparent and inclusive election, Momen said.

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