Anti-Bhasan Char campiagners should take responsibility for any Rohingya casualty in Cox’s Bazar: FM

Anti-Bhasan Char campiagners should take responsibility for any Rohingya casualty in Cox's Bazar: FM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. File photo.

Dhaka, April 25 : Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said those who are opposing the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char Island should take the responsibility if there is any causalty in Cox’s Bazar camps during monsoon.

While talking to reporters, Dr Momen said he conveyed this message to visiting three top UN officials during his meeting with them.

The Foreign Minister also encouraged the UN officials to visit Myanmar saying Bangladesh is doing everything that is necessary  for the 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 Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On Wednesday, they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.

Bangladesh said the relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char Island will help address the congestion problem in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps.

Bangladesh also 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.

They are currently on a joint visit until April 28 and will visit Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps on Thursday and Friday.

Earlier, 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.

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