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Rohingya crisis reaches impasse at UN

‘UN couldn’t take strong decision due to lack of consensus’.


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Updated: June 25, 2019

The United Nation Security Council could not take any strong decision specially on adaptation of a resolution on Rohingya issue due to lack of consensus among permanent members, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen informed parliament Monday.

He also said that UN bodies and others Non-Government Organisations were not allowed to Northern Rakhine which is a big hurdle for creating a conducive situation for repatriation of Rohingyas. As a result, Rohingyas are not interested to return to their homeland, he said.

“Repatriation of Rohingyas is yet to begin although there are relentless effort of United Nations and others international communities, as there are some challenges,” said Momen while answering to a query of ruling Awami League MP Abdul Latif.

“There are strong diplomatic efforts for resolving Rohingya crisis at The United Nations Security Council, the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Human Rights Council, but UNSC was not able take steps due to lack of consensus among permanent members,” he said.

He said that there is no alternative of continuing bilateral discussion with Myanmar for resolving Rohingya crisis. “We can say from previous experience that Myanmar shows insincerity to implement bilateral arrangements in absence of pressure from international community,’’ he said.

The foreign minister, responding to another query of Awami League MP Ishrafil Alam, said that any repartitions process is “complex and time consuming”.

Bangladesh and international communities have been keeping pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive atmosphere at Rakhine so that Rohingya repatriation starts soon, he added.



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