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Momen: Bangladesh never supports country-specific, motivated issues

  • Published at 07:53 pm March 31st, 2021
FILE PHOTO: Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at a virtual meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2020 UNB

The foreign minister makes the remark while justifying Bangladesh’s veto on a UN resolution on genocide charges in Sri Lanka

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has justified Bangladesh’s vote against a UN resolution on genocide charges against Sri Lanka, saying Bangladesh has a foreign policy of supporting the neighbours and not supporting any country-specific or “politically motivated” resolution.

He made the remarks while responding to a question during a virtual press briefing on the D-8 Summit, hosted by Bangladesh.

On March 23, the UN Human Rights Council was given the mandate to collect and preserve information and evidence of crimes related to Sri Lanka's civil war.

In the resolution, brought by Britain on behalf of a group of countries, 22 countries voted in favour of the text, 11 opposed and 14 abstained, including Sri Lanka’s neighbours India and Nepal and most Muslim-majority countries.

According to Human Rights Watch, Sri Lankan government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) both committed numerous war crimes and human rights abuses during the civil war that ended in 2009.

Responding to another question over the Bangladesh defence attaché joining the Myanmar Armed Forces Day military parade in Naypyidaw on March 27, Momen said it was a routine program.

India, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Russian representatives also attended the occasion.

Momen also said many of the Western countries’ business with Myanmar had increased over the years, despite the fact that Myanmar is accused of genocide.

“We didn’t see a boycott (severing business ties with Myanmar). It’s a matter of shame (for those countries),” Momen said, seeking a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar and Bhashan Char.

Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal to repatriate the forcibly displaced Rohingyas on November 23, 2017. 

On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on “Physical Arrangement,” which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

The Bangladesh authorities say the Rohingyas do not trust their government, and Bangladesh gave a number of proposals to build trust among them.

The host country is trying multiple ways -- bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system -- to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.

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