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Dhaka urges UNSC to adopt resolution on Rohingya crisis

The Daily Dawn

Bangladesh has urged the UN Security Council members for adopting a resolution in response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

"The council members should demonstrate unity and pragmatism for adopting a resolution based on the presidential statement adopted last year in response to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis," said Bangladesh Ambassador to UN Masud Bin Momen.

The Bangladesh envoy made the remarks while taking part in an open debate organised by the delegation of Kuwait in its capacity as Council President for the month of February 2018, according to a message received here today. 

The Bangladesh envoy recommended an early visit of the council's members to Bangladesh and Myanmar to witness the current situation with the possible repatriation of the Rohingya to Myanmar.

He underlined the need for ensuring accountability for the serious crimes committed against the Rohingyas since August 25 last year.

"This will be critical for restoring their confidence in their safe, dignified and voluntary return to Myanmar", he added.

Momen also urged the council to invite Rohingya representatives to share their narratives with the council and thus raise their voice. 

The envoy recalled Secretary General's letter to the Council about the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in September 2017 under Article 99 of the Charter, and recommended that the Secretary General consider using this provision more often in case of similar humanitarian exigencies.

He said the much anticipated reform of the Security Council should be aimed at further enhancing its human face and interactions.

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