UN should act to put pressure on Myanmar: PM

Dhaka, Wednesday, 21 February 2018

UN should act to put pressure on Myanmar: PM

Poriborton Correspondent 8:27 pm, September 06, 2017

UN should act to put pressure on Myanmar: PM

Against the backdrop of fresh influx of Myanmar nationals into Bangladesh, the United Nations (UN) has offered giving necessary support to Bangladesh in the refugee identification process. UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh Robert D Watkins gave the offer during a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here on Wednesday. Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed the offer, saying that the UN should act in such a way to put pressure on Myanmar for immediate repatriation of their nationals. 

The prime minister also urged the international community to find out the patrons of the insurgents, financiers and arms suppliers, the press secretary said. 

Sheikh Hasina said the government has instructed the border guards to make a list of the refugees, out of whom women, elderly people and children are suffering most. The government has already selected an island namely 'Bhashanchar' to give shelter to the refugees, she said. 

The UN resident coordinator highly appreciated Bangladesh's humanitarian policy for Myanmar refugees saying, "Bangladesh is doing the exact job which it should do". 

Robert estimated that around 1.26 lakh Myanmar nationals fled to Bangladesh during the current spate of intrusion saying the situation may be aggravated in the coming days. 

He said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterre has made his personal involvement and given several statements on this issue. "He also offered assistance to overcome the situation," Robert told the prime minister. 

As the recent flood in Bangladesh also came up for discussion, Sheikh Hasina said the flood situation is now under control. 

"Natural disasters are natural features in Bangladesh and we always keep ourselves ready to face it," she said. 

The UN resident coordinator hailed the resilience capacity of the people of Bangladesh saying the country is a history of resilience. 

He also observed that Bangladesh is making a very positive progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The prime minister pointed out the severe deluge in 1998 when country's 70 percent area was inundated and there was a prediction of death of 20 million people. "But at that time, our government had successfully tackled the situation," she said. 

Sheikh Hasina said now the government is doing everything to mitigate the sufferings of the people, she added. 

She also highlighted her government's stride for development of the grassroots people.

Robert thanked the prime minister for her government's excellent support to him during his tenure in Bangladesh.