Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – Russia has reiterated its position to resolve Rohingya crisis through “bilateral negotiations” saying it will not support any resolution in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to put pressure on Myanmar engaging the UN.
“China has its own policy. Our position is very similar to Chinese one that this issue (Rohingya) should be settled through negotiations. It’s a bilateral issue,” said Russian Ambassador to Bangladesh Alexander I. Ignatov at a seminar in the city on Thursday.
The UNSC is thinking of fresh actions to push Myanmar to work with the UN to address the Rohingya crisis. Russia and China have so far boycotted discussions on a British-drafted resolution.
Referring to the UK-initiated draft resolution on finding sort of comprehensive solution to Rohingya crisis, Ambassador Ignatov said they do not support 1 percent of that kind of particular draft resolution. “I don’t believe it’ll be adopted.”
Asked why Russia has failed to extend support in the UNSC and beyond on Rohingya issue when Russia never faltered in extending support to Bangladesh, the Ambassador said, “Russia hasn’t failed in this regard. It’s completely wrong to say so.”
He explained further saying they have different approach compared to some other countries and said putting pressure on Myanmar, they believe, will create complexities as Bangladesh and Myanmar signed bilateral agreement on repatriation of Rohingyas.
The Russian Ambassador said they believe in proper implementation of the bilateral agreement on repatriation.
He, however, said Rohingyas should be allowed to go back to their place of origin and of course the situation for them should be humane.
Bangladesh and Myanmar formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) in December 2017 to start the repatriation of around 900,000 Rohingyas who fled a brutal military crackdown in August 2017.
However, the Rohingya repatriation plan, as agreed by Bangladesh and Myanmar to begin in mid-November this year, failed.
The seminar on ‘47 Years of Friendship: Bangladesh-Russia Relations’ was held at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on Thursday.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque attended the seminar as the chief guest with President of Bangladesh-Russia Friendship Society Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique in the chair.
Dhaka, Dec 27, 2018 (UNB)- The government and the UNDP signed an agreement to implement a $33 million project, aiming to build adaptive capacity of women.
Monowar Ahmed, ERD secretary, and Sudipto Mukherjee, UNDP's country director, signed the project document on behalf of the government and the UNDP respectively at the Economic Relations Division on Thursday.
Mahmud A Shameen Beni, additional secretary of the Women and Children Affairs Ministry signed the document as implementing partner of the project.
The funding will be utilized for implementing a new six-year project titled " Enhancing adaptive capacity of coastal communities especially women to cope with climate change induced salinity" by the Women and Children Affairs Ministry and Public Health Engineering Department from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2024.
The grant financing of Green Climate Fund or GCF will be utilized for building the adaptive capacities of women and adolescent girls and will benefit about 719,229 people of which 50.2 percent beneficiaries are women living in the southwestern districts of the country.
Monowar Ahmed said that this is the first of its kind project in the country where GCF has contributed about 25 million US dollar and the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs has provided $8 million as a co-financer to work with UNDP to empower women as "Change-agents" to plan, implement, and manage climate-resilient solutions.
"The project will provide assistance to 70,000 households women and their families in Satkhira and Khulna to adopt resilient livelihoods while ensuring reliable, safe drinking water through community-managed rainwater harvesting solutions," he said.
He further said that it will also seek to strengthen the participation of women in last-mile dissemination of gender -responsive early warnings and continued monitoring and adaptation of livelihoods to evolving climate risks. It will also enhance women's accessibility to markets and finance.
"The successful implementation of the project will bring a meaningful contribution to the climate vulnerable women of the coastal areas of Satkhira and Khulna," Mahmud A Shameen Beni said.
Sudipto Mukherjee said, “We congratulate Bangladesh for taking such initiatives.
UNDP will support such kind of initiatives in future as well. To achieve Sustainable Development Goals, the initiative will be fruitful."
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the general election in Bangladesh.
He, in the run-up to the December 30 general election in Bangladesh, said an environment free from violence will help enable “peaceful, credible and inclusive” polls.
“All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in a statement on Thursday.
Dujarric said civil society and electoral observers should be fully supported to play their role in the process.
The UN Secretary General reiterated the continued commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh.
Ahead of the upcoming elections in Bangladesh, @antonioguterres calls for an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion. All Bangladeshis, including minorities & women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote. full text: https://t.co/bMQIDBtozh— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) December 27, 2018
In a tweet message posted Thursday, Dujarric said, “Ahead of the upcoming elections in Bangladesh, the UN General Secretary calls for an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion.”
In the message, he also said that all Bangladeshis, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - The Embassy of the United States (US) here continues to encourage all to have a peaceful election in Bangladesh saying peaceful election and economic progress go together keeping hand in hand.
The Embassy shared a number of images on its verified Facebook page over the last couple of days that contained messages of peaceful election as Bangladesh goes to polls on December 30.
“Think before you act violently! Your country depends on it,” shows one of the images imprinted with the text and national flag of Bangladesh.
In another photo with text, shared by the US Embassy, goes like – “As you sow, so you reap. Sow peace!”
In each of the image, the Embassy repeatedly used few words with Hashtag – end violence, win with peace and vote with peace – encouraging all to avoid violence.
On Wednesday evening, the Embassy shared what the US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl R Miller said in a recent event.
"The success of democracies depends on citizens actively participating in the political process and letting their voices be heard. We hope Bangladesh has a peaceful and festive Election Day,” Ambassador Miller was quoted as conveying to students recently at the Win with Peace - Shantite Bijoy Debate Competition at Dhaka University. The event was co-funded by USAID-UK aid.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Tuesday visited a group of Bangladeshi freedom fighters who are receiving free medical treatment at the Army Hospital in New Delhi.
He talked to the freedom fighters, aged between 60 and 70, and enquired about their ailments and the treatment they are receiving.
A total of 28 ailing freedom fighters arrived in India last week, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Thirteen of them got admitted to the Army Hospital in New Delhi and another 15 are receiving treatment in another army hospital in Pune.
The expenses of the treatment are being borne by the Indian government.
In April 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India will provide free medical treatment to 100 freedom fighters of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Liberation.
The gesture came at a ‘Sammanona’ programme where visiting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina personally honoured the families of some Indian soldiers who died fighting against the Pakistani troops during the nine-month Liberation War.
During their meeting with the High Commissioner, the freedom fighters expressed satisfaction at the treatment and care they are receiving at the hospital for their ailments related to complications from stroke, prostrate, diabetes and partial paralysis.
As a freedom fighter himself, he also understands their feelings, the High Commissioner said.
The envoy was accompanied by Defence Adviser Brig Gen Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman and Head of Chancery AFM Zahid-Ul-Islam.