Bilateralism might be backed by internationalism

first_imgState minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam Foreign, secretary M Shahidul Haque and professor Imtiaz Ahmed at BIISS auditorium. Photo: Prothom AloSince Bangladesh’s bilateral efforts with Myanmar would not be enough for sending back the Rohingyas, professor Imtiaz Ahmed, director of Centre for Genocide Studies of Dhaka University, on Sunday suggested bilateralism might be backed by internationalism in a big wayHe came up with the view while speaking at a seminar organised by the Diplomatic Correspondent Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) in the capital’s BIISS auditorium.The Bangladesh government and the international community should engage the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice for ensuring accountability on crimes against humanity by the Myanmar authorities that led to Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh, an expert on genocide said in Dhaka on Sunday.UNHCR country representative Steven Corliss said conditions on the ground [in Rakhine of Myanmar] ‘are becoming difficult’ for return of Rohingya people due to armed conflict between Myanmar military and Arakan Army, a non-state armed group.Mentioning about the signing of agreements between the Myanmar government and the UN authorities, the progress of implementation of the agreements ‘has been slow.’On the question of relocation of Rohingya people to Bhashan Char, an island, the UN official said relocation to the Bhashan Char should be on the grounds that it would help improve the life of Rohingya people.Return in safety and security ‘is the [ultimate] solution’ to the Rohingya crisis with implementing the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission report, Corliss added.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam said the countries which had helped Myanmar for democratisation should work with the country for ensuring repatriation of Rohingya people.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam Foreign, secretary M Shahidul Haque and professor Imtiaz Ahmed, among others, at BIISS auditorium. Photo: Prothom AloThe government would carry on efforts to engage with China and Russia, two out of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to get their active support for Rohingya return, he said adding that former foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali visited China and Russia in the past, while incumbent foreign AK Abdul Mamun was on the way to Moscow [on Sunday].Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque also attended the seminar.DCAB president Raheed Ejaz moderated the seminar while its general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib delivered welcome speech.last_img

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