DOT Desk: Myanmar is disrupting regional harmony to hinder the Rohingya repatriation process, says the acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (retd) Md Khorshed Alam.
He made the remarks during a meeting with diplomats (except ASEAN envoys) stationed in Dhaka at the State Guesthouse Padma on Tuesday.
The briefing was held by the foreign ministry to convey Bangladesh’s concerns over the situation in border areas with Myanmar. The briefing lasted for around 30 minutes. The diplomats appreciated Bangladesh’s position of not stepping into Myanmar’s traps by maintaining peace.
The envoys took note of Bangladesh’s concerns and ensured to duly convey those to their respective capitals. However, no representatives from China, Russia and India participated in the discussion.
The acting foreign secretary said, “Myanmar is deliberately disrupting regional harmony to hinder and delay the Rohingya repatriation process. They want to take advantage of the situation.
“Bangladesh will not fall prey to Myanmar’s provocation.” Responding to a question regarding Myanmar blaming Arakan Army and ARSA for mortar shells landing in Bangladesh, the acting foreign secretary said the Myanmar side always makes the same claims.
“We sought their [diplomats’] help so that Myanmar can’t take advantage of creating instability in the region,” said the acting foreign secretary.