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Outside interference in sovereign state affairs discussed

DHAKA, April 2, 2017 (BSS) - Some countries including Bangladesh today sought amendments to a draft IPU resolution on 'the role of parliament in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states' today.

Referring to the draft resolution taken in Geneva last year, Bangladesh delegation member Faruk Khan told BSS that 35 out of 40 countries engaged in the debate on the draft resolution sought the amendments considering some developments taking place during the last few months.

"The member countries participated in a meeting of the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security and discussed elaborately the draft resolution," he said.

The meeting was held at Celebrity Hall of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on the second day of the five-day Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly that began here yesterday.

As many as 1500 delegates from 131 countries have been participating in the assembly jointly organised by Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad and the IPU.

Faruk Khan said bringing amendment to the draft resolution is crucial as some developed and powerful states have been intervening in the internal affairs of other sovereign states in the name of corruption, democracy, militancy and human rights.

"Such outside interference does not bring any positive outcome... rather it helps deteriorate the situation further," he added.

Khan categorically said steps have to be taken by the IPU in preventing outside interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states.

Mentioning Bangladesh's role in the meeting, he said delegates from the host country raised the issue of genocide committed by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 and pleaded for a halt to mass killings throughout the world.

Germany, Switzerland, Vietnam, Russia, India, Chad and Thailand were among the countries that supported Bangladesh and demanded amendments be brought to the resolution in the wake of changing global scenario in terms of terrorism and militancy.

On the other hand, some developed countries said the resolution is fine and it could be considered, Faruk said.

He said when opinion of Russian Federation and Cyprus was sought, they said that their drafted resolution is "not bad but some amendments might be considered".

Former foreign minister Dr Dipu Moni said the matter of internal interference has to be cleared so that none can get scope to interfere in other sovereign state's internal affairs.

This meeting will be continued till tomorrow to further discuss security issues to reach a consensus in this regard.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)