Rohingya crisis is a ‘collective failure’ to influence Myanmar, says UN

DHAKA UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia

Seppo today said it is a 'collective failure' of various quarters to

influence Myanmar to take back Rohingyas in a safe, dignified and sustainable

manner.

There is a collective failure to influence Myanmar. That's not just the

UN, it includes many others as well, she said while addressing a dialogue

organised by Diplomatic Correspondents' Association of Bangladesh (DCAB)

'DCAB Talk' at BIISS auditorium in the city.

Saying that the root causes of Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar, the UN chief

here said the key objective is creating a conducive environment inside

Rakhine state for voluntary repatriation with safety and dignity.

Still regardless of when that happens, we have to continue to address the

impacts of this crisis on Bangladeshi host communities and the Rohingyas

while they are here, she said.

Emphasizing on sustainable solution she said Ensuring that any solution is

sustainable is not a lofty ideal but a concrete requirement for it to work,

she said.

We need to continue to seek ways to improve how we can help improve

conditions in Rakhine state even while we do whatever we can to help

Rohingyas, she said, adding That this is the only way to end the tragic

cycles of violence and displacement that have plagued the Rohingyas for

decades.

Seppo said the UN has been able to maintain a continued focus on the crisis

and bring together member states for a conversation on the issue.

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in

Cox's Bazar district and most of them arrived there after August 25, 2017

following a military crackdown by Myanmar, which the UN called a textbook

example of ethnic cleansing and genocide by other rights groups.

The UN chief also discussed about various partnerships between the UN and

Bangladesh including peace keeping missions, UN reform initiatives,

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change adaptation, migration

and human rights.

Saying that Bangladesh has been on an impressive development journey since

its independence in 1971 she observed It's a journey of considerable

advances in economic, political and social development in the areas of

poverty reduction, self-sufficiency in cereal production, climate change,

maternal and child health and disaster resilience .

Bangladesh's graduation from LDC is particularly interesting to the wider

international development community for various reasons as it is the largest

LDC in terms of population size, she added.

DCAB President Raheed Ejaz and General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also

spoke on the occasion.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)