DHAKA, Oct 24, 2017 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today reiterated Bangladesh’s call to the United Nations (UN) and the international community to take immediate and effective measures for a permanent solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis.
“Bangladesh calls upon the United Nations and the international community to take immediate and effective measures for a permanent solution to this protracted Rohingya crisis based on our five-point proposal made at the 72nd UN General Assembly,” she said in a message on the occasion of the United Nations Day today.
The premier said this year while UN Day is being observed worldwide; hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas are entering Bangladesh to flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.
“Already a million of Rohingyas, mostly children, women and elderly, have taken shelter in Bangladesh. These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also reaffirmed Bangladesh’s strong and unwavering commitment to the principles and objectives of United Nations.
“On this auspicious occasion of UN Day, on behalf of the people and the government of Bangladesh, I join the world community to reaffirm our strong and unwavering commitment to the principles and objectives of United Nations,” she said.
The premier said Bangladesh’s engagement with the United Nations is guided by the vision of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“Bangabandhu in his maiden speech at the UNGA on 25 September 1974, made unequivocal commitment to uphold democracy, peace, human rights, justice and the rule of law nationally and globally,” she said.
The prime minister said Bangladesh is proud to be a major partner of the UN in its endeavor to maintain international peace and security.
“Bangladesh has been participating in UN peacekeeping operations, including the most perilous ones, across the globe for the last three decades,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said today Bangladesh is one of the largest troop contributing countries and pioneer in women peacekeeping operations.
“Our valiant soldiers have made supreme sacrifice for the sake of establishing peace in remote places,” she said.
The prime minister assured that Bangladesh will continue to contribute actively to international peace by advocating for universal and complete disarmament, as enshrined in its constitution.
“We are happy to see that this year United Nations has finally succeeded to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said over the last 72 years, the United Nations has made remarkable efforts in the area of peace, security, human rights and development.
“We also recognize the challenges that the UN faces in its journey. In this ever-evolving world of disparity, we expect the UN to remain the most trusted partner of all nations – big or small,” she said.
The premier said Bangladesh hopes UN to meaningfully address the challenges that the world face today and build a peaceful, sustainable and just world.