Bangladesh has welcomed US announcement acknowledging Rohingya genocide noting that it might expedite efforts on accountability and repatriation fronts.
"Though late, it's a good news. We welcome it," Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told reporters at his office while responding to a question.
He said if genocide takes place anywhere it should be acknowledged and the perpetrators should not go unpunished.
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"That's why we say never again. We don't want to see any genocide. Unfortunately, genocide is taking place," said Momen.
Terming the US a good friend of Bangladesh, Momen hoped that will put more pressure on Myanmar so that they take back Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine State.
"If the repatriation efforts are expedited through this US announcement, we will be very happy," he said, adding that they are focusing on two goals - welfare of Rohingyas through repatriation and prevent repetition of genocide.
Momen said the victims of genocide must get justice and hoped that the genocide case against Myanmar filed by The Gambia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will get momentum.
Matthew Smith, chief executive officer at Fortify Rights, termed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's announcement "historic" for the Rohingya and all people of Myanmar and also for wider efforts to prevent and remedy genocide.
"To prevent genocide, governments must at least acknowledge it when it happens, which is precisely what the US government did today.
United Nations member states should publicly acknowledge the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar and ensure that the UN Security Council refers the situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC),” said Fortify Rights Monday.