Published:  12:35 AM, 12 November 2017

Delhi-based envoys to Bangladesh keen to visit Rohingya camps

Delhi-based envoys to Bangladesh keen to visit Rohingya camps A Rohingya refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar. -AA

The New-Delhi-based non-resident ambassadors to Bangladesh on Saturday expressed willingness to visit Cox's Bazar to get a firsthand idea of the Rohingya crisis as Bangladesh high commissioner to India briefed 76 envoys concurrently accredited to represent their countries in Dhaka.

"The envoys extended their full support to the Bangladesh's position in handling the Rohingya crisis . . . they said they want visit the Rohingya camps to get a firsthand idea of the situation," High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali told a press conference after his meeting with the foreign envoys at Bangladesh mission in the Indian capital.

Ali said the Delhi-based envoys to Bangladesh also said their countries wanted quick solution of issue that created humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh.

A Bangladesh High Commission statement, meanwhile, said Ali held separate briefings with the non-resident envoys and sought supports of the countries to any international move to pressurize Myanmar in for secured return of the Rohingyas, who were forcibly displaced from their ancestral home in the Rakhine state creating a situation which UN described as a classic example of ethnic cleaning.

It said the media briefing came a day after the high commissioner held separate briefings with the envoys when said he said up to 612,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar launched a brutal crackdown on the minority ethnic community on Aug. 25 until when over 400,000 Rohingyas were sheltered in Bangladesh raising the number to over one million.

The international community has expressed support and solidarity with Bangladesh in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's five-point proposals she presented at the last UN General Assembly session calling for an unconditional and immediate return of the displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in Myanmar and the implementation of Kofi Anan Commission's report.

Ali described the crisis as the most humanitarian catastrophe and was warned that the regional security and environment would be seriously endangered if the crisis was not been resolved soon. Minister (Press) of Bangladesh mission in Delhi Farid Hossain accompanied the high commissioner in the media briefing, joined also by senior journalists like Indian Press Club President Gautam Lahiri while Bangladesh's deputy high commissioner to India Raqibul Haque, Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata Towfiq Hasan were also present.

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