Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh expects China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
Sheikh Hasina made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting United Nations Security Council delegation at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka.
“The international community should keep up pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their over one million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh,” the PM said.
The prime minister said Bangladesh does not want any conflict and is trying to find a peaceful resolution to the problem, as highlighted by the recent diplomatic visits to Myanmar of the Bangladesh foreign minister and home minister.
Hasina called on Myanmar to act in accordance with the repatriation agreement they have signed with Bangladesh.
“We’ve signed an agreement and they (Myanmar) don’t deny that they’ve signed the agreement,” she said.
The PM said Bangladesh has already carried out the biometric registration of the Rohingyas who have entered Bangladesh to escape atrocities committed against then by Myanmar law enforcement agencies.
She said their repatriations back to Rakhine state had to be done under the supervision of the United Nations. “We’ll do the best from our side,” she said.
The PM also called for the implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State regarding the Rohingya issue.
Hasina said Bangladesh had already discussed the matter with China, India, Thailand and Laos.
Hasina said the local people and natural environment of Cox’s Bazar were being seriously affected by the crisis, while warning that the sufferings of the Rohingyas will only intensify further during the upcoming monsoon season.
“That is why Bangladesh is preparing the Bhashan Char Island to relocate 100,000 refugees,” she said.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, her press secretary, Ihsanul Karim, said the PM appreciated the international community as they extended help and support to Bangladesh in this crisis.
During Monday’s meeting, the UN Security Council delegation led by its president, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, briefed Sheikh Hasina about their visit to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.[caption id="attachment_262225" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the UN Security Council delegation during a photo call at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Monday, April 30, 2018 Focus Bangla[/caption]
US Representative Kelly Currie said the prime minister’s role in the crisis was “highly appreciated”.
“She has raised a level for all creating a new international standard by working from a humanitarian point of view,” she said.
Chinese representative Wu Haitao said Beijing will “continue to play a constructive role” over the Rohingya issue, while Russian representative Dmitry Polyanskiy said Moscow would extend its support to Bangladesh for a sustainable solution to the crisis.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were, among others, also present.
The representatives of five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, Russia, France, the UK and China – were in the delegation.
The other members include permanent representatives from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Peru and Sweden, and a deputy permanent representative from Ivory Coast.
At the meeting, PM Hasina also raised the issue of terrorism.
“My government has contained such social menaces with an iron hand,” the PM said.
“Now the government is fully aware about the vices (and) the intelligence and law enforcement agencies are very much active to tackle them.”