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Thursday 19th of July 2018 11:40 AM

UN to put more pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya issue

Bangladesh Dhaka corrspondent : UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said they will put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do over the Rohingya issue.

“We’re keeping up pressure on Myanmar…we need to put more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand what they should do over this issue,” said Guterres while talking with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as he and the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim met the Prime Minister at her office.

“The UN Secretary General mentioned that the international community reiterated their solidarity towards Bangladesh on the issue and appreciated the government of Bangladesh for giving shelter to the Rohingyas,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim while briefing the reporters after the meeting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appreciated their visit to see the Rohingya situation and mentioned that these people started entering Bangladesh in 1977.

“The government is preparing an island to relocate around 100,000 Rohingyas where they will get better living condition and livelihood opportunities,” said the premier.

The premier also mentioned that the local people of the country are experiencing adverse impacts because of the Rohingya crisis.

Referring to the agreements signed over Rohingya repatriation, Hasina said “Myanmar is yet to take any action for its implementation.”

Antonio Guterres said the main concern of them is the radicalisation of education system of Rohingyas and emphasised checking this element.

He also appreciated Bangladesh’s efforts to establish peace across the globe being the second highest peacekeeper sender.

President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim said development activities and humanitarian issues should be dealt with together and assured the Prime Minister that the cooperation of the World Bank to Bangladesh government will continue.

Congratulating Bangladesh’s drive towards graduating from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) status, Jim Yong Kim said he will request the World Bank Board so that Bangladesh could avail of loans at a concessional rate.

The Prime Minister informed the UN and WB officials that the country’s GDP growth in the last fiscal was 7.78 percent, while the electricity production in the country reached 18,000 MW.

Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Adviser Dr Towfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam were, among others, present during the meeting.

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