International community attention needs to face Rohingya crisis, says BD envoy to UN

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DHAKA, Sept 8, 2017 (BSS) – Bangladesh has sought urgent attention of the international community for resolving the Rohingya crisis as Bangladesh is now facing such humanity crisis with recent large influx of people from neighboring Myanmar, according to a mission release received here today.

“Bangladesh was facing serious challenges with the recent large influx of people from across the border and the plight of the children, women and elderly in particular that needs urgent attention of international community for the sake of peace and humanity,” said the Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen made this call while he was addressing at the general debate on United Nations high level forum on the Culture and Peace, held at the General Assembly Hall at the UN headquarters in New York.

In his address, he recalled the Greatest Bangalee of all times, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had ingrained a ‘culture of peace’ into our foreign policy fundamentals.

Bangabandhu enunciated at the United Nations 42 years ago narratives like “Friendship to all and malice toward none”, “peaceful settlement of disputes”, and “renouncement of the use of force in international relations”, said the Bangladesh envoy. Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s role to promote the ‘Culture of Peace’, Ambassador Masud said “our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also upheld Bangabandhu’s ideals as a central tenet of her governance and political ideology.”

The General debate in the morning was presided over by the President of General Assembly, Peter Thomson and keynote speech was delivered by Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams.

In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held which was moderated by Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, former Assistant Secretary General of UN and former Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN.

Panelists included former Director-General of UNESCO and president , Culture of Peace Foundation Professor Federico Mayor and Special Representative of UN Secretary -General on violence against Children Dr Marta Santos Pais and Dr Rima Salah, Chair of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC), an UNICEF entity. NGOs and civil society along with Member states took part in the interactive discussion.

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