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Prolonged Rohingya presence to create radicals, Momen warns again

  • Published at 10:14 pm November 7th, 2019
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File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Collected

The minister urged the international community and the partners of Dhaka to put more pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back its own people

The prolonged presence of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar will result in making of radicals, which will be bad not only for Bangladesh but also for the entire globe, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has warned again.

The minister urged the international community and the partners of Dhaka to put more pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back its own people.

“If their (Rohngya) stay drags on, there will be pockets of radical. And, it will not be good for anybody in the world,” the foreign minister said prior to a closed-door special briefing on contemporary and political issues for foreign diplomats.

The international affairs subcommittee of ruling Awami League organized the meeting at a hotel in Dhaka.

The terrorists have no country or boundary, he furthered.

Solving the Rohingya crisis is not the responsibility of Bangladesh alone rather it is the responsibility of all, he said.

Dhaka did the hard part by providing Rohingyas with temporary shelter to avert the worst genocide after the Second World War, he said.

Bangladesh is not a party to the crisis rather it is an issue between the Rohingyas and their government, he said.

Dhaka wants these persecuted displaced people return to their homes in Rakhine with safety and dignity, he added.

“The problem is Rohingyas do not trust their government,” said the minister, reiterating Bangladesh’s earlier proposals of deploying civilian monitors from Myanmar’s friendly countries or ASEAN ‘plus plus’ nations and taking some Rohingya community leaders from Cox’s Bazar to Rakhine to see for themselves whether a conducive environment has been created or not.

But sadly, he lamented that Myanmar neither said yes or no to these proposals.

The foreign minister asked the international community to help Bangladesh facing the adverse effects of climate, get more investment, implement vision 2021 and vision 2041 and celebrate centenary birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Former foreign minister and incumbent education minister Dr Dipu Moni was also present on the occasion.

Following the initial remarks, the AL leaders briefed the diplomats without the journalists being present.