Myanmar must solve the Rohingya crisis: PM tells UNGA
Published: 11:11 PM, 26 September 2020 Updated: 09:32 AM, 27 September 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina delivered a virtual speech at the General Debate Session of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, USA; Photo: PID
Sheikh Hasina on Saturday reiterated her call to the world community to play a more effective role in solving the protracted Rohingya crisis saying “more than three years have elapsed (but) regrettably, not a single Rohingya could be repatriated.”
“I request the international community to play a more effective role for a solution to the crisis,” she said and suggested the solution to be explored in Myanmar as the crisis was created by Myanmar.
The Prime Minister made the call while addressing the 75th Session (Virtual) of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh provided makeshift shelter to over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar people.
She made it clear that the Rohingya problem was the cause of Myanmar and that it was up to Myanmar to solve it.
Expressing Bangladesh’s support for the oppressed people of Palestine, the Premier said the Bengali nation has been the victim of indescribable misery, crimes against humanity and heinous crimes like genocide in our freedom struggle. “From that difficult experience, we have come to support the demands of the oppressed Palestinian people,’ she said.
Meanwhile, issues like intolerance, hatred, animosity and extremist nationalism are on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Premier said, adding, “We can tackle these issues by establishing a culture of peace.”
Referring to Bangladesh’s Zero Tolerance Policy against Terrorism and Extremism, Sheikh Hasina said, “Since we are committed to peace, we have adopted the ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy against terrorism and violent extremism.”
In her address to the United Nations, the Prime Minister paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the undisputed leader of the Bengali nation and the greatest Bengali of all time. “Bangabandhu has taught the Bengali nation to stand tall on the face of the earth by ending exploitation, deprivation and oppression. By following the path shown by him, we have been able to bring Bangladesh to a dignified position today,” she said.
This is the first time in the 65-year history of the United Nations that world leaders are taking part in the virtual session of the UN General Assembly, the world’s highest forum.