Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the Rohingya refugees significantly impacted Bangladesh’s economy, ecology, security, and socio-political stability and encouraged the UN to play an “effective role” in this situation.
“Prolonged presence of Rohingyas in Bangladesh has produced major consequences on the economy, environment, security, and socio-political stability,” Bangladesh’s prime minister said during his speech to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
According to PM Hasina, who is also in New York for the UNGA, the uncertainty surrounding the repatriation has caused widespread annoyance across the nation, and cross-border organized crime, including drug and people trafficking, is on the rise.
“The environment can even encourage radicalism. If the issue continues, it might have an impact on the region’s and the world’s security and stability “Hasina said as PM.
Hasina said that despite talks with Naypyidaw and discussions with the UN, “not a single Rohingya was returned to their ancestral homes in Myanmar” throughout the five years of the Rohingya mass migration from Myanmar to Bangladesh in 2017.
“The return of Rohingya has become increasingly challenging due to the nation’s continued political unrest and armed strife. In this sense, I think the UN will play a useful role “Added her.
“We must demonstrate that the UN is essential to the multilateral system in times of crisis. Therefore, the UN must take the initiative and endeavor to live up to everyone’s expectations in order to win the trust and confidence of the people at all levels “She said.
She said, “Bangladesh has the opinion that hostility, such as hostilities or economic sanctions and counter-sanctions, can never be beneficial to any country. The greatest method for resolving conflicts and crises is dialogue.”
Hasina urged the international community to end the weapons race, war, and sanctions to create a more peaceful world today, placing the highest significance on diplomacy to address crises and disagreements.
She pleaded with the global community, “Stop the weapons race, violence, and sanctions. Ensure food and children’s safety. Build peace.”
She added, without addressing the sources of violence, “We feel we cannot preserve peace.”
We share one planet, and we owe it to our future generations to leave it in a better state, Sheikh Hasina remarked, expressing her desire to see a peaceful world with improved collaboration and solidarity, shared wealth, and joint efforts.
Bangladesh’s prime minister addressed the Rohingya on her most recent trip to India this month, saying that the migrants are a “huge burden” on Bangladesh and that the government is working with the international community to facilitate their return to their place of origin.
Hasina acknowledged to ANI that the presence of thousands of Rohingyas in Bangladesh had presented difficulties for her government.
“You see, it’s a major load for us. India is a huge nation; you can find accommodations but not much. However, there are 1.1 million Rohingya living in our country. We are engaging with the international community and our neighboring countries, and we urge them to take similar action so that they may return home “added Hasina.
The prime minister of Bangladesh said that her nation had made an effort to care for the displaced population while keeping the humanitarian component in mind.