Bangladesh places 3 proposals to settle Rohingya crisis
Hossen Sohel of DOT
Bangladesh has placed three proposals to United Nations Security Council over Myanmar situation with an urge to take “decisive” action to resolve the Rohingya crisis at its root, reports banglanews24.com.
Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque placed the proposals in a meeting at UN Security Council, said a press statement sent from Bangladesh Permanent Mission at United Nations yesterday.
In his proposal, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary said the Council could negotiate the draft resolution to set out a reporting cycle as an oversight mechanism, visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and Rakhine State, and create safe zones in conflict affected areas.
He told the meeting that the crisis over the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya sheltering in his country had gone from “bad to worse” and urged the council to take concrete action to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control.
“We should not allow Myanmar to turn the clock backward on any ground and, therefore, we urge the Council to act in a decisive manner,” he said.
In the short-term Myanmar can take several steps in this regard, including addressing accountability issues and ensuring the full implementation of the memorandum of understanding among Myanmar, UNDP, UNHCR and of recommendations of the Advisory Commission on the Rakhine State.
Shahidul Haque said “The solution of Rohingya crisis must be found in Myanmar by Myanmar. It is unfortunate Myanmar is trying to shift the blame, accusing Bangladesh of harbouring terrorists when, in reality, his Government has a zero-tolerance policy in this regard”.
Despite Bangladesh Government’s efforts, “not a single Rohingya has volunteered to return to Rakhine due to the absence of a conducive environment there, the secretary added.
“Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,” said Haque.