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Dhaka to raise Rohingya issue in next UNGA session

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina Monday said Myanmar should resolve the Rohingya crisis as they are the creator of it.

“If required Bangladesh would provide all support to Myanmar to overcome the crisis and rehabilitate the displaced people in their homeland,” she said adding Myanmar must clearly acknowledge that Rohingyas are their citizens and they must take back their nationals.

The Prime Minister said while taking part in the discussion in the parliament on a motion moved by lawmaker from Chandpur-3 constituency Dr Dipu Moni on Rohingya issue under section 147 of the Rules of Procedure.

The PM urged everybody not to do politics and exploit the sufferings of the distressed Rohinya people.

Dr Dipu Moni called for adopting the resolution in the parliament calling upon the UN and international organizations to put pressure on Myanmar government to stop persecution on Rohingyas, take them back to their homeland and allow them to live in peace with all civil rights.

Extending her support to the motion the prime minister said her government repeatedly tried to resolve the Rohingya issue with Myanmar. But the Myanmar authority instead of coming to a solution, aggravated the crisis through their constant persecution on the innocent people.

Pointing out the persecution on Muslim community across the globe the prime minister urged the leaders of the Islamic countries and organizations to understand the problem and forge unity to protect the Muslims.

Sheikh Hasina urged for creating a ‘safe zone’ if necessary inside Myanmar under the supervision of the UN to protect the innocent people. Full implementation of the recommendation of Kafi Annan may help in this regard, she said.

Expressing her profound grief at the sufferings of the Rohingya people the prime minister said the reason for which they were compelled to take refuge to Bangladesh is very unfortunate. It’s completely out of imagination to understand the real cause of rough behavior with the innocent people of a particular ethnicity by the Myanmar government, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has given shelter to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh only on humane consideration. But, the country cannot afford to give them shelter for long time. As a good neighbour Myanmar should realize this, she added.

Pointing out the solution of Chittagong Hill Tracts problem in Bangladesh the Prime Minister said her government has resolved the problem through discussion, brought back the rebels and rehabilitated them in the country.

Myanmar can follow the example of Bangladesh, she said.

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