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President to Cica: Rohingya crisis may destabilize region

  • Published at 05:07 pm June 15th, 2019
President Abdul Hamid
File photo of Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid Collected

President Hamid said stability and security in Asia are imperative for economic development

Stressing the importance of a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis, President Abdul Hamid has said the crisis could destabilize the entire region if left unresolved. 

“We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If it is left unresolved, the crisis could destabilise the entire region," said the president. 

The president stated this while addressing the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (Cica) held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, on Saturday, reports UNB. 

He also sought support and cooperation from Bangladesh's Cica partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security, and dignity.

President Hamid said: “The world knows Bangladesh is hosting 1.1 million forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals. You must be aware of the evidence of genocide and gross violations of human rights, which has been termed a textbook example of ethnic cleansing and humanitarian catastrophe of unmanageable magnitude."

"These people were forcibly displaced from their ancestral homes and they took shelter in Bangladesh. We have opened the door and are still hosting them,” he added.

Asian Security

Mentioning that Asia is facing issues like violent extremism, international terrorism, and forced migration—among others which go beyond borders—the president stressed the need to coordinate a response among the states to tackle them.

The president said:“Asian security is vulnerable as: irregular migration, drug trafficking, territorial claims, ethnic conflicts, separatism, economic problems, and climate change are visible here. To address these crucial challenges, Cica needs to enhance its capacity by promoting the concept of indivisible security."

“We must work together so that the existing discord in the region does not impede the process of resolving issues related to security and cooperation in Asia,” he added. 

Stability and security in Asia are imperative for economic development, Hamid said adding: “We can achieve that through dialogue and cooperation.”

During the conference, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held meetings with the leaders of a number of Cica Member States to discuss the condition and prospects of bilateral and multilateral relations.

The Cica is an intergovernmental forum and regional organization that was established in 1992 with UN support.

Discussions on issues of security and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region—and assistance in the global fight against terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crimes—are the main objectives of this conference.