PM to insist on implementation of Annan Commission recommendations

Diplomatic Correspondent | Update:

Anan CommissionForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday said prime minister Sheikh Hasina will put emphasis on implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission to resolve the persisting Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

She will make the proposal while addressing the upcoming 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The minister was talking to journalists in the afternoon.

“Bangladesh is facing a huge problem regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis. The prime minister will place emphasis on the Rohingya issue while addressing the UN General Assembly against the backdrop of an influx of the Rohingya people,” Mahmood Ali said.

“Around 400,000 Rohingya people, mostly women, children and the elderly, have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks,” he added.

The minister further said most of the Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh earlier, have been staying in Cox’s Bazar.

“Besides proposing implementation of the recommendations of the Annan Commission, she will talk about repatriation of Rohingyas into Myanmar,” he added.

In response to questions about how Bangladesh evaluates the UN Security Council’s statement about the Rohingya crisis, the foreign minister said, “We consider this statement as timely and strong.”

He also declined to comment on media reports, which said Myanmar rejected Bangladesh’s proposal for creating a safe zone for the civilians of Rakhine state impacted by violence.

He, however, said a minister of Suu Kyi’s office wanted to meet him in New York. “I shall meet him as Bangladesh wants to solve the matter [Rohingya crisis].”

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to reach New York on 17 September to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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