Dhaka, September 14
Myanmar ought to instantly interact non-military civilian observers from pleasant international locations, together with India, to make the Rohingyas repatriation course of efficient, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Momen has mentioned, warning that the failure in resolving the humanitarian drawback would result in radicalism and terrorism that might hamper peace and stability within the area.
Addressing the digital ministerial assembly of 27th ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum on Saturday, Momen mentioned Rohingyas usually are not returning to their homeland (Myanmar) primarily as a result of they don’t belief their authorities over security and safety points.
“Despite the threat to our economy, ecology, and overall societal impact, Bangladesh gave shelter, on a humanitarian ground, to nearly 1.1 million persecuted people fleeing a massacre in Myanmar, their homeland. Myanmar is our friendly country and therefore, Bangladesh signed 3 instruments with Myanmar for repatriation. Myanmar agreed to take back them after verification,” the minister mentioned throughout his handle of the summit organised by Vietnam this yr.
“They also agreed to create a conducive environment for their voluntary repatriation and they agreed to ensure safety and security of the displaced people. But unfortunately, till today, none went back and instead of creating a conducive environment, fighting and shelling is ongoing in the Rakhine state,” he added.
According to the United Nations, greater than 9,00,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar’s restive Rakhine State since 2017 after large-scale violence following a army crackdown. The exodus of refugees in giant numbers has resulted in a serious disaster in neighbouring Bangladesh.
While Bangladesh has been pushing for the repatriation of the refugees, largely residing within the congested camps of the nation’s Cox’s Bazar, by way of talks with Myanmar and elevating the problems with the UN, nothing concrete has occurred to date.
Momen raised fears that if the issue will not be solved shortly, it could result in radicalism and terrorism.
“Our fear is that, if this problem is not solved quickly, it may lead to pockets of radicalism and since terrorists have no borders, no faith, there’s a high possibility of creation of uncertainty in the region which may frustrate our hope for a peaceful, secure and stable region,” he mentioned.
The minister additionally urged Myanmar to permit non-military observers from its neighbouring nations to resolve the issue on the earliest.
“In order to reduce trust deficit and confidence building, we suggested Myanmar engage non-military civilian observers from friendly countries like China, Russia India or other friends of their choice,” he mentioned.
This might scale back the belief deficit for a sustainable return, the minister mentioned.
“We solicit support from our ARF partners so that these hapless Rohingyas can return to their home in safety, security and dignity, resettle there, and reintegrate in their society. Once they return to their homeland they could be contributing members in the development of Myanmar,” he added.
During the event, the minister additionally urged the area to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic successfully and expressed hope that the vaccine for the ailments would resolve the issue completely.
“COVID-19 showed us that the accumulation of stockpiles of weapons can not save human lives. Rather investment in medical and social areas can protect us from this COVID,” Momen mentioned.
The international minister additionally mentioned that when a vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 is developed, it should be accessible to all with out discrimination. –PTI