Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged the international community to give proper attention to the Rohingya issue as growing violence and crimes in the Rohingya camps can soon spread beyond borders.
“The security situation in the Cox’s Bazar camps is getting complicated. The growing violence and crimes can soon spread beyond our borders,” she said.
The prime minister made the statement in a video message played in the two-day13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit that concluded in Cambodia on Friday.
She also cautioned the world community saying that a provisional response to the crisis will serve little purpose.
“A critical test of our multilateral cooperation will be to find a lasting and peaceful solution for Myanmar’s forcibly displaced people – the Rohingyas,” she said.
In this connection she mentioned that Bangladesh offered temporary shelter to the Rohingyas and stabilized the situation.
“We continue to amplify the demand for their safe and dignified return to Myanmar. I urge the international community to give proper attention to the concerns we are raising,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a heavy pressure on the health systems and economies across the world.
“It has compelled us to divert our development resources for emergency treatments and vaccines,” she said.
In this regard, she said that the government adopted a strategy to save both lives and livelihoods, and announced 28 stimulus packages worth USD 5.4 billion to offset the impacts of the pandemic.
“Our priority now is to preserve our hard-earned development gains in reducing poverty and hunger, saving mothers and children, promoting literacy and education, and ensuring safe and healthy living,” she said.