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Minister: Bangladesh will counter Myanmar propaganda over Rohingyas

  • Published at 10:42 pm June 23rd, 2019
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Collected

The minister said Dhaka came to know that Myanmar wants to send a fact finding mission in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is preparing a “factsheet” to negate Myanmar propaganda over the Rohingya issue to downplay the intensity and camouflage Naypyidaw role in creating and prolonging the crisis. 

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the statement to the media at his ministry office on Sunday.

“I have directed my ministry to prepare a brief paper on Rohingyas, so that no one will be confused about the facts, and send it to all 193 member states missions at the UN,” he said.

Minister Momen said Myanmar was disseminating different type of “misinformation” with an apparent motive to decline that Rohingyas were their nationals, reports BSS.

Naypyidaw, he said, was trying to claim that only 5 million Rohingyas to refuge in Bangladesh and even propagating that they were actually Bangladesh citizens.

“They (Myanmar) are trying to camouflage the Rohingya crisis with propaganda,” the foreign minister said, adding that Naypyidaw appointed different organizations to make fabricated reports to confuse the world about the issue.

He, however, said Dhaka just intends to reply to Myanmar’s propaganda regarding the Rohingya crisis.

The minister said Dhaka came to know that Myanmar wants to send a fact finding mission in Bangladesh while “we always welcome them as we are always transparent”.

“We would like to know how many of them want to come and how many days to stay here . . . but the Myanmar government is yet to inform us anything officially about their fact finding mission,” he said.

He said Bangladesh has long been urging Myanmar to send their team to assure the Rohingyas about conducive environment in Rakhine.

“We urged Myanmar to take some Rohingya leaders inside Rakhine to show them physically that they (Rohingya) will be safe after their return home,” he said.

The minister also binned an Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) report saying the study picked only two out of the 800 villages as samples of Myanmar atrocities in Rakine, Rohingyas homeland. “This is a twisted report with distorted information,” Minister Momen said.

The minister said the Rohingya crisis was likely to largely feature Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming Beijing tour as Dhaka planned to explain to China that the crisis could eventually spread radicalism throughout the entire region.

“We will tell them (China), if peace and security do not prevail in the region, the huge Chinese investment in Myanmar as well as in Bangladesh will be threatened,” Minister Momen said.

Bangladesh now hosts over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district, most of who have arrived after a military crackdown in August 25, 2017, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” by other rights groups.