Rohingya crisis

Published:  01:51 AM, 20 July 2021

Dhaka wants trilateral initiative from Moscow

Bangladesh has urged Russia to take a trilateral initiative involving Bangladesh, Russia and Myanmar like the existing one with China to resolve the Rohingya crisis as China and Russia have much leverage on Myanmar.Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Monen shared the idea with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during their recent meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. "

I told him (Russian FM) that we're trying much to solve the issue bilaterally, and we had many meetings. But no one could be repatriated in the last four years. I want you to take a trilateral initiative," Dr Momen told reporters at his residence, sharing what he conveyed to his Russian counterpart, UNB reports.

The Foreign Minister also conveyed his Russian counterpart that Myanmar will listen to Russia as the two countries maintain very good relations.Dr Momen cited the existing trilateral mechanism involving Bangladesh, China and Myanmar saying, "Look at China, they did so well and progressed much. We would expect you to take an initiative. We look forward to you (Russian FM)."

The Russian Foreign Minister, however, did not respond positively to the proposal instantly but said they will have to discuss it further.Dr Momen said China is working through a trilateral mechanism but after the military takeover in Myanmar, China is not getting a response from Myanmar.

He said Myanmar is busy managing and stabilizing their authority as China thinks it is not the appropriate time for discussion. Dr Momen said Russia and China for the first time extended their support for a resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council calling for a solution to the Rohingya crisis. "It's an achievement and it's a shift."

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