Bangladesh will take the Rohingya issue up with the United Nations General Assembly with a renewed call on Myanmar to take back the refugees, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.
She was speaking in parliament during a discussion on a motion to bolster diplomatic efforts to mount international pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and ensure their safety by giving them citizenship on Monday.
“I am going to the UN General Assembly and I will surely raise the Myanmar issue in my speech,” she said.
“Myanmar has created the problem and it will have to resolve it,” she said and assured the neighbour of cooperation to resolve the issue though discussions.
Myanmar has drawn global criticism for the treatment of Rohingyas. UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has denounced the ongoing counter-offensive against Rohingyas as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" and “disproportionate” to attacks on security posts by insurgents.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier said Ankara will raise the issue at the UNGA scheduled to be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from Tuesday. The general debate will start on Sept 19.
In a rare letter to the Security Council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has also expressed concern that the violence could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe”.
He also said the issue could come up in the general debate of the General Assembly.
'Myanmar holds the key'
The prime minister presented several points to resolve the crisis:
>> Myanmar will have to take back all Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh recently and earlier.
>> After deportation of the Rohingya, Myanmar will have to ensure their safety.
>> To ensure their safety, Myanmar must build ‘safe zones’.
>> Myanmar will have to implement all the recommendation by the Annan commission.
“It’s Myanmar that formed the commission and allowed Kofi Annan to work in their country. Then why won’t they accept his recommendations?” Hasina asked.
“And if they have any problems with the recommendations, they can resolve those through discussion,” she said.
The prime minister made it clear again that Bangladesh provided the Rohingyas temporary shelter to ease the crisis. “Myanmar must give them citizenship and take them back to their homeland.”