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Resolving Rohingya crisis: PM likely to place new proposals at UNGA

  • Published at 01:47 am September 19th, 2019
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File photo: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas attend a massive rally organized at a field in Camp No 4 (Extension) at Kutupalong's Modhurchhara in Ukhiya on Sunday, August 25, 2019, to observe two years of their latest exodus from Myanmar's Rakhine state Tanjir Rahman/Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka to ask global community to put pressure on Myanmar to take back its people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to put forth a new set of proposals to solve the Rohingya crisis when she addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Wednesday.

“The five-point proposal placed by the prime minister at the 72nd UNGA and the three-point proposal she recommended at the 73rd session are still relevant. This time round, she may put forward some new specific proposals on how to resolve the Rohingya crisis,” he said at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a press briefing on the prime minister’s visit to New York.

However, the foreign minister did not elaborate on the proposals when asked.

“It would be bad of me to say what she will say in her speech. She will make a case for the Rohingyas so they can return home safely with free mobility. We will place the old proposals more forcefully in a new way,” he said.

A tripartite meeting among Bangladesh, Myanmar and China has also been planned on the sidelines of the UNGA, the foreign minister further added.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her delegation are set to leave Dhaka for New York tomorrow afternoon to attend the 74th session of the UNGA, and return home on October 1.

The theme of this year’s UNGA general debate is “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion.”

Dr Momen further mentioned that the 74th UNGA session would see quite a few events on the Rohingya crisis.

Bangladesh will raise its own position and ensure that the world leadership remains aware of the situation, and ask the international community to put pressure on Myanmar to take back its own people, he added.

In her speech on September 27, which she will deliver in Bangla, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address many issues, including her government’s success in different sectors, establishment of peace, safe migration and climate change, the minister said.

Among many world leaders, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on September 24.

Responding to a question, Dr Momen said both the prime ministers would meet in New York, but the bilateral issues between the two neighbouring countries will be discussed in detail at the meeting scheduled for the first week of next month.

Asked about the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the foreign minister said it was India’s internal issue, but Sheikh Hasina might convey the concerns expressed by many in Bangladesh to Modi.

About the next course of action following the second failed attempt at Rohingya repatriation, the foreign minister said it is Myanmar that will have to solve this problem.

In a recent phone call that he received from Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Momen said: “We heard him and informed him of our position.

“About the repeal of Article 370, we have said that it was enacted by the Indian Parliament, so it is their internal affair. However, Bangladesh wants peace and development of people,” he added.