Dhaka – Bangladesh has sought stronger roles from Russia, China, India and Japan in resolving the largest ever Asian refugee crisis unfolded after Myanmar’s military crackdown forces hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the call Monday as a delegation of the United Nations Security Council called on her in Dhaka prior to the delegation left for Myanmar to fathom the crisis.
The representatives of the 15-member Security Council on Sunday visited refugee camps in southern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar, where nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims sheltered fleeing atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
“We expect the countries like Russia, China, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the Rohingya crisis,” the Prime Minister’s spokesman Ihsanul Karim quoted the premier as saying.
Karim addressed the news briefing after the meeting ended at Ganabhaban in the morning. UNSC President Gustavo Adolfo Meza Cuadra Velasqez led his team at the meeting.
The Prime Minister reiterated her call to the Myanmar to implement the agreement signed between Dhaka and Naypyidaw for repatriation of the refugees.
“Myanmar should act in line with the deal,” she said urging the international community to continue mounting strong pressure on Myanmar to take back its people from Bangladesh.
“The repatriation of the Rohingya people will have to be ensured under the UN supervision,” Hasina added.
“We don’t want conflict, we want peaceful resolution to the crisis,” she said.