CM – UN resolution on Rohingyas has political value: ministers


Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Dhaka |

Published: 18:29, November 18, 2021

The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh AK Abdul Momen said on Thursday that the first-time adjustment of the UN resolution on Rohingyas by consensus had political value, as it had the interest of all countries, including Russia and China, in a solution to the protracted crisis prove.

« It (UN resolution) is putting pressure on this particular country (Myanmar), » he told journalists after participating in a discussion at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies in Dhaka.

On Wednesday in New York the United Nations adopted the resolution on the “Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar” by consensus.

‘It is a great day for us. We are very happy, « said Momen, adding that it showed that all countries want a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis.

 » The countries that used to create obstacles (on the issue) … like China, Russia … this time they didn’t put barriers in place, which means that everyone wants a solution to the crisis, « he said.

The Foreign Minister said he had talks with Russia on the issue while China is already doing some interventions .

Momen expressed his hope for progress in solving the Rohingya crisis in the UN Security Council, since the UN General Assembly resolution is not mandatory.

In June, Bangladesh decided on one To abandon UN resolution on Myanmar as the Rohingya issue was not taken into account.

« (At that time) we said that the resolution would be meaningless unless you talk about the Rohingyas, » Momen said of them Resolution that highlighted the restoration of democracy, but made no mention of the return of the Rohingyas.

The Foreign Minister said the forcibly displaced Rohingya must return to their country, Myanmar, for a better future.

« This resolution should now kick off real ones Measures serve to achieve a lasting solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis through their safe and dignified return to their homeland in Myanmar, « said Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to UN Ambassador Rabab Fatima when the UN resolution passed on Wednesday.

The resolution was introduced jointly by the member states of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the European Union.

In addition to the member states of the EU and OIC, the resolution received supraregional support, including co-sponsorship from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

At the heart of the resolution n was the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, also in connection with the declaration of a state of emergency on February 1, 2021.

He called on Myanmar to address the causes of the Rohingya crisis, its bilateral obligations Comply with the agreement with Bangladesh and, among other things, fully cooperate with the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar and all human rights mechanisms of the United Nations.

He also welcomed the appointment of the Secretary-General’s new special envoy for Myanmar and called for a work plan for their operations in Myanmar.

It also called for the renewal and effective implementation of the MoU between Myanmar and UNHCR and UNDP in order to create a conducive environment in the Rakhine State in Myanmar.

« The adoption of the Rohingya resolution, for the first time by consensus , shows the strong determination of the international community to end this crisis, « said Fatima .

In the resolution, the member states praised Bangladesh for its generosity in welcoming the Rohingyas, for providing humanitarian aid to them and for their involvement in the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

The resolution also praised them Efforts and investments by the government of Bangladesh in the construction of the facilities in Bhashan Char for the resettlement of part of the Rohingyas from the congested camps and in this context also welcomed the MoU signed by Bangladesh with the UNHCR.

Since 25 August In 2017, Bangladesh is home to over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar district, and most of them arrived there from Myanmar following what the UN called a « textbook example of ethnic cleansing » and other rights groups called  » Genocide ‘.

However, Myanmar has not brought back a single Rohingya in the past four years while attempted repatriation he failed twice because the Rohingyas lacked confidence in their security in Rakhine State.

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