Dhaka, Mar 3 : The international community, including the UN agencies, must work towards meaningfully and vigorously engage with the Government of Myanmar to create an environment that would be conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, MP said at the launch of the 2020 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis, organised by UNHCR, IOM and OCHA in Geneva on Tuesday.
Many UN member countries as well as by international organisations attended the event. The Joint Response Plan is the UN's effort to engage the international community to meet up the mammoth humanitarian needs for the Rohingya temporarily residing in Bangladesh for 2020, estimated cost of which is around US$ 877 million.
While delivering statement from the floor, three countries immediately pledged to contribute to the JRP - 59 million US Dollar by USA, 22 million Euro by the European Union and 65 million Swedish Krona by Sweden. Providing an overview of efforts by Bangladesh Government for ensuring unhindered humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya, State Minister thanked the international community for their continued support for the consecutive Joint Response Plans since 2017.
Besides, he underscored that the only durable solution of the prolonged crisis is the safe and voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya to their places of origin. Myanmar authorities have obligation to create conducive environment in Rakhine State for repatriation and the international community including the UN has the responsibility to play a role in this regard. However, the progress toward repatriation still deserves due attention.
The State Minister apprised the audience of the Bangladesh policy to allow education for Rohingya children in Myanmar curriculum and language to get them prepared for their eventual reintegration into Myanmar society and urged on the international community to actively engage Myanmar to reap the essence of the initiative.
"The government of Bangladesh will continue to engage the UN agencies and other international community to relocate some of the Rohingyas from the disaster-prone area of the camps to Bhashan Char," he added. Besides, Md Shahriar Alam informed the international community that Bangladesh is revisiting the decision on the suspension of the mobile and internet network in Rohingya camps. During their interventions of the launching event, the USA, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, the UK, Japan, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey and Ireland, as well as UN and other international organizations (EU, ADB, OCHA, OIC, UNFPA, ILO) highly lauded the continuous support of Bangladesh government including allowing education in particular and expressed their high appreciation for the government and the people of Bangladesh for the generosity shown to the Rohingyas.(UNI)