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Bangladesh briefs top UN officials about Bhasan Char relocation plan
Heads of IOM, UNHCR, UN-OCHA jointly meet Shahriar
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam speaks to the visiting three top UN officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dhaka on Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019. Photo: Courtesy
Dhaka, April 24 : Bangladesh has said the relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char Island will help address the congestion problem in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Wednesday informed the visiting three top UN officials that the government of Bangladesh has already developed Bhasan Char island to accommodate some 1,00,000 Rohingyas.
Heads of three UN agencies — Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Vitorino, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Lowcock, Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator — jointly met the State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the afternoon.
They are currently on a joint visit until April 28 and will visit to Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on Thursday and Friday.
Shahriar expressed dissatisfaction at the failure of Myanmar to build confidence among the Rohingyas to return to their homeland.
He urged the visiting UN agency heads to put in further efforts to create conducive environment in Northern Rakhine and also enhance the engagement with Myanmar in building schools, hospitals, mosques and other basic structures for the Rohingyas in their place of return.
The State Minister also reiterated the proposal of creating a safe zone in Myanmar proposed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the UN General Assembly and requested the visiting dignitaries to pursue with Myanmar for creating the safe zone.
At the end of the meeting, the State Minister assured full support of Bangladesh to the humanitarian actors working for the Rohingyas and urged the UN agencies to take effective steps to solve the Rohingya crisis.
The delegation updated the State Minister about the recent development of work of UN agencies in the Northern Rakhine of Myanmar.
The delegation said though the development is not significant, the situation is better than before, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
They also informed about the funding status for implementing the Joint Response Plan-2019.
The delegation members commended Bangladesh’s efforts towards addressing the basic needs of the Rohingyas and said Bangladesh has dealt with the Rohingya issue in an exemplary way.
They said the visit is intended to express consolidated solidarity to Bangladesh.
They also raised the issue of education, training and livelihood opportunities for the Rohingyas in the Cox’s Bazar camps.