Foreign Minister. AK Abdul Momen said it is not possible for Bangladesh to bear the burden of Rohingyas indefinitely. He also called on ASEAN leaders to take concerted action to address the crisis in the region.
The foreign minister made the call while addressing the 28th meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum-AFR on Friday (August 8th).
Dr. Momen said that although Bangladesh is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol, Bangladesh alone has sheltered 1.1 million Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds.
He further said that it is not possible for Bangladesh to bear this burden indefinitely by compromising 6,600 acres of sovereign forest land. He also sought the cooperation of world leaders in resolving the Rohingya crisis to mitigate the adverse effects on the region’s climate.
About the leading role of Bangladesh in tackling the climate crisis. Momen informed the meeting. He called on the leaders to take concerted action to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement aimed at advancing global climate.
The Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and the Foreign Ministers of other countries exchanged views on various regional issues such as the Rohingya refugee crisis, climate change, nuclear, cyber security and other possible regional issues.
Under the dynamic leadership of ARF, the fear of good governance and strong economy will be created in the developing countries of the region. Momen expressed hope.
He spoke on the role of Bangladesh in combating corona and termed the vaccine as ‘public good’ as it is closely associated with public welfare and said its technology should be distributed equally among all. He also emphasized on the production of affordable vaccines. Momen.
Speaking. Momen identified disarmament as a key feature of Bangladesh’s peace-oriented foreign policy.
He said Bangladesh has always been self-motivated and refrained from arms competition and disarmament as the constitution of Bangladesh emphasizes on complete disarmament and peaceful settlement of disputes. Since becoming a member of the United Nations, Bangladesh has always played an active role in UN disarmament diplomacy.
Dr. Momen said Bangladesh played an active role in the international disarmament process, including reaffirming its commitment to international disarmament treaties and other instruments during its tenure as a member of the UN Security Council in 1989-1980 and 2000-2001.
The 28th ASEAN Regional Forum was held in Brunei. The meeting was virtually led by the Foreign Minister. Momen. Representatives of 26 member states, including foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers, attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Brunei’s Foreign Minister Dato ‘Eriwan Pehin Youssef.
ARF member countries Australia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United States and the European Union agreed to resolve the Rohingya issue as soon as possible. They stressed the need for safe, sustainable and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas.