Bangladesh seeks multilateral approach to solve Rohingya crisis

3 Sep 2019 admin

first_imgChina’s foreign minister Wang Yi, Japan’s foreign minister Taro KonoBangladesh wants multilateral initiatives, not bilateral ones, to solve the Rohingya crisis although China has long been insisting that Dhaka should resolve the issue with bilaterally.While putting emphasis on international intervention, Dhaka will continue bilateral discussions with Naypyidaw at the same time.The foreign ministers of four countries and delegates of the European Union (EU) are arriving in Bangladesh to discuss the Rohingya issue.Thousands of Rohingyas fled the persecution carried out by Myanmarese security forces in Rakhine state into Bangladesh since 25 August this year and Bangladesh is aware of the consequences if the international community fails to mount pressure on Myanmar, the issue of repatriation will remain unresolved.A foreign ministry official told Prothom Alo, Bangladesh had no option but to resolve the repatriation of Rohingyas with the help of international community.The government would have to remain firm in this strategy, he added. Bangladesh would convey this message to China’s foreign minister Wang Yi who arrived in Dhaka Saturday.The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) placed a proposal before the United Nation’s third committee on Thursday. Bangladesh will express its disappointment that China voted against this proposal, added the official.Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi came to Dhaka on Saturday to discuss the Rohingya crisis.  He would meet Bangladesh’s foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Saturday morning and the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, in the evening at Ganabhaban.German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, Swedish foreign minister Margot WallströmJapan’s foreign minister Taro Kono also arrives in Dhaka on Saturday. Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström, German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, and senior EU representatives will arrive in Bangladesh on Sunday. They will join the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyidaw after the visit. The delegates will discuss about the Rohingya crisis on the sidelines of the meeting.A group of US representatives is also scheduled to visit Cox’s Bazar on Saturday to observe the situation there.Foreign minister Mahmood Ali will take the foreign ministers of Germany, Sweden, and Japan and EU representative Federica Mogherini to the Rohingya camps on Sunday.They will meet the prime minister on their return from Cox’s Bazar. China’s foreign minister will, however, not join them on the Cox’s Bazar trip.This is the first time in the recent past that delegates of five countries and organisations have visited Bangladesh within a span of two days. Bangladesh is placing importance on this visit after the OIC proposal was passed with a landslide of votes. On Thursday in the UN, Germany, Sweden, Pakistan and EU countries voted in favour of the OIC proposal. China voted against the proposal while Japan and India abstained.During the visits of the foreign delegations, Bangladesh will discuss its expectations and its stance regarding the Rohingya issue.China’s standDiplomats of Bangladesh in New York told Prothom Alo, UN’s social, humanitarian and cultural forum, the third committee, arranged a vote on Rohingya crisis where China voted against the proposal.Senior officials of Bangladesh foreign ministry said they would discuss the possibility of China’s president Xi Jinping visiting Dhaka any time soon.Prior to the visit of the Chinese foreign minister, special envoy of Asian Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Sun Guoxiang, visited Bangladesh in April and October this year.He offered to mediate between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis.Chairman of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and former ambassador Munshi Faiz Ahmad told BBC on Friday, “It is not that China is unconcerned about the Rohingya crisis. It is just that their thinking may be different. So far, two statements have been approved in UN’s Security Council unanimously. We have differences. But we are eager to work with China.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat.last_img

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