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Rohingya crisis: Dhaka seeks Nam, Asean member states' role

  • Published at 03:43 pm July 22nd, 2019
File photo: A group of Rohingya refugee people walk after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The Ministerial meeting was attended by 16 ministers and high level representatives of 85 countries

Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has urged Nam and Asean to remain engaged so that Myanmar authorities do not fail to take back Rohingyas.

"We must ensure that nations respect international law, and the international community should take necessary measures to hold accountable the perpetrators responsible for crimes against humanity such as those taking place against the Rohingyas in the Rakhine State of Myanmar," he said.

Ambassador Momen said this while delivering the national statement at the debate of the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam) Coordinating Bureau in Caracas, Venezuela, on Sunday, said a media release on Monday.

The theme of the debate was “Promotion and consolidation of peace through respect for international law.”

Stating that misunderstandings and cross-cultural ignorance are among the root causes of conflicts that they see today, he said: “International law, which is an essential tool for the protection, maintenance and consolidation of peace, draws upon the principles of peace expressed by great scholars and thinkers of the past."

He recalled the decision taken by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join Nam in 1973.

The Ministerial meeting was attended by 16 ministers and other high level representatives of 85 countries from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean region.