Rohingya Crisis: UNSC team arrived in Cox`s Bazar
Published: 05:55 PM, 28 April 2018
A high-profile delegation of the UN Security Council arrived in Cox`s Bazar on Saturday afternoon to see the brutalities that the Rohingyas faced in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and steps taken by the government of Bangladesh.
An official said UNSC President for the month of April, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, is leading the delegation.
They will stay in Cox’s Bazar overnight and will visit Kutupalong Rohingya camp in the district on Sunday to see first-hand the impacts of the Rohingya crisis.
The UNSC team will spend over 3 hours at Rohingya camp from 9:20 am to 12:45 pm on Sunday, according to an official at the Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, the delegation landed at Cox’s Bazar airport at 4:15 pm by a special aircraft and then they reached Royal Tulip Hotel on Inani beach, Cox`s Bazar.
They are scheduled to exchange opinion with Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of UN agencies, Commissioner of Cox`s Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) Mohammad Abul Kalam and representatives of law enforcement agencies on Saturday evening.
The 15-member UNSC delegation will comprise of the representative of five permanent members of the council- UK, USA, Russia, France and China.
The other members include permanent representatives from Bolivia, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sweden and deputy permanent representative from Ivory Coast.
Diplomatic circle, however, sees the UNSC team visit Bangladesh as an opportunity for the country to earn the support of the highest decision-making body of the UN towards resolving the long-standing Rohingya crisis.
The delegate will talk to Rohingya people to know the plight of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, who took shelter in Cox`s Bazar district following violence in Myanmar`s Rakhine State in August last year.
During the visit, the team members will exchange views with the government officers engaged in repatriation process, local and foreign organizations working there for providing humanitarian assistance and other services to the Rohingya community in different camps.
They are scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban at 9:30 am on Monday and will leave Dhaka at 10:30 am for Myanmar.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam will host a reception in honour of the UNSC team at 7:30 pm at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden Hotel on Sunday.
The delegation would visit the refugee camps in Kutupalong and interact with the Rohingyas to learn about the atrocities they faced in Myanmar`s Rakhine state by the security forces.
Later, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad will brief the UNSC team about the overall Rohingya situation including major challenges they are facing for handling a huge number of Rohingya refugees.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar military`s violent crackdown on them since August 25 last year, while more than 300,000 others, who crossed over from Myanmar in the previous years, were already staying in Bangladesh, posing a major humanitarian threat to the country.
However, the UN described the situation as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", urged Myanmar to stop the violence on innocent Rohingya people and ensuring safe, secure and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.
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