Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) - Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Dr Lassina Zerbo has applauded Bangladesh’s commitment and role in disarmament issues.
He thanked the government of Bangladesh for continuing to advocate for complete and general disarmament.
Dr Zerbo particularly thanked Bangladesh for its efforts towards contributing to regional stability by maintaining friendly relations with the neighboring countries.
The issues came up for discussion when he met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at latter’s office on Thursday.
Dr Zebro is currently on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh from October 3-6 October.
It is the first ever visit by Dr Zerbo after taking office of the Executive Secretary of CTBTO for the second term on August 1, 2013.
Foreign Minister welcomed the Executive Secretary and thanked him for undertaking the visit.
Minister Ali stated that Bangladesh has an impeccable non-proliferation record and we are committed to full compliance of the NPT and the CTBT.
He also mentioned that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strictly adheres to its constitutional obligation of general and complete disarmament in defining its national, regional and international engagements on disarmament and non-proliferation.
Minister Ali also referred to the special initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (during her tenure in Office from 1996-2001) to play a constructive mediating role following the nuclear test by the neighboring countries India and Pakistan (1998).
She also advocated for declaring South Asia as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone to maintain peace and stability in the region.
In the morning Dr Zerbo visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and paid tribute to the memory of Father of the Nation.
In the afternoon, he gave a lecture at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Visiting Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Dr Lassina Zerbo on Thursday laid emphasis on building world peace saying they cannot return to the era of nuclear weapon testing.
“The common ground what the international community can and should agree on is that we cannot return to the era of nuclear weapon testing,” he said while delivering a lecture on the importance of nuclear test ban.
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) arranged the event with its chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad in the chair. BIISS Director General Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Describing various aspects of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Dr Zerbo stressed signing and ratification of the treaty by the remaining countries, including North Korea.
“We’ve to make the DPRK (North Korea) join this treaty through dialogue,” said the Executive Secretary.
Dr Zerbo said the world would be less safe and less stable if many people have nuclear weapons. “So, the treaty has become an important part of multilateral approach to the international security.”
Talking about the project taken by Bangladesh on nuclear power plant, he said it is a huge project for the country.
But having a nuclear power plant comes with safety and security and the safeguard framework that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gives, said Dr Zerbo.
“By doing this, you’re showing to the international community that Bangladesh can go for the peaceful use of nuclear energy,” he added.
Dr Zerbo urged all to think and consider all nuclear threats in a holistic manner for a safe interconnected world for the generation to come.
The CTBTO Executive Secretary arrived here on Wednesday on a three-day official visit, his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming the post on August 1, 2013.
In November 2016, the Member States of the highest decision-making body of the CTBTO preparatory commission reappointed Executive Secretary Zerbo to a further four-year term of office until July 31, 2021.
He is scheduled hold a bilateral meeting with Science and Technology Secretary Md Anwar Hossain and another meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during his stay in Dhaka.
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations Masud Bin Momen has said Bangladesh stresses importance on effective enforcement of labour laws with regard to migrant workers and promotes safe, orderly and regular migration.
“We’re actively engaged,” he said recalling Bangladesh’s deliberations leading to the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016.
Ambassador Momen was addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday on social development, said a press release on Thursday.
As the original proponent, he said, Bangladesh played an active role in the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration and look forward to its successful adoption in Marrakech, coming December.
Ambassador Momen said the government of Bangladesh led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working relentlessly to eradicate poverty through people-centric development plans and actions.
“In recent times, the country has witnessed robust economic growth. We have made significant strides in social development as well duly complemented by this economic development,” said the diplomat.
He said Bangladesh has been committed in her ‘whole-of-society’ approach in taking along all sections of its population towards achieving sustainable development. “We’ve not only focused on youth, women and children but also older persons and persons with disabilities.”
Ambassador Momen said the government is working hard to ensure equal respect, rights, full participation and equal opportunities for persons with disabilities, thereby mainstreaming disability in development policies and programmes. “We were instrumental in adoption of resolution on Autism in 2012.”
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – The US Embassy in Dhaka including its consular section will remain closed on Sunday on the occasion of Columbus Day, an American holiday.
The American Center with the Archer K. Blood American Center Library and the Education USA Student Advising Center will also remain closed on the day.
However, emergency services for American citizens will be available, said the Embassy on Thursday.
New Delhi, Oct 4 (AP/UNB) - India on Thursday deported its first group of Rohingya Muslims since the government last year ordered the expulsion of members of the Myanmar minority group and others who entered the country illegally.
The deportation was carried out after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute plea by the seven men's lawyer that they be allowed to remain in India because they feared reprisals in Myanmar. They were arrested in 2012 for entering India illegally and have been held in prison since then.
Indian authorities handed the seven over to Myanmar officials at a border crossing in Moreh in Manipur state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Each carried a bag of belongings.
The Supreme Court said it would allow their deportation because Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. Government attorney Tushar Mehta told the judges that Myanmar had given the seven certificates of identity and 1-month visas to facilitate their deportation.
Most Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar are denied citizenship and face widespread discrimination.
Defense attorney Prashant Bhushan said the government should treat them as refugees, not as illegal migrants, and send a representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to talk to them so they would not be deported under duress.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 to escape a brutal campaign of violence by Myanmar's military.
An estimated 40,000 other Rohingya have taken refuge in parts of India. Less than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.
Many have settled in areas of India with large Muslim populations, including the southern city of Hyderabad, the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, and the Himalayan region of Jammu-Kashmir. Some have taken refuge in northeast India bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The Indian government says it has evidence there are extremists who pose a threat to the country's security among the Rohingya. India is fighting insurgencies in northern Kashmir and in its northeastern states.