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China can help resolve Rohingya crisis

Published : Monday, 23 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 768
Diplomatic Correspondent

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson on Sunday said the international community is working hard to ensure safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar's Rakhine State.
Chinese involvement has a 'great deal of potential' to help bring the Rohingya crisis to an end, he said.
"We've seen there has been greater Chinese engagement. That's good thing," he said adding that the Rohingya crisis needs to be resolved by a wide range of countries.   
The High Commissioner made the remarks at a media briefing held at his residence in the afternoon. Head of DFID Bangladesh Judith Herbertson was also present.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them have entered Cox's Bazar since August 25, 2017.
The British High Commissioner laid emphasis on creating conditions in Rakhine State to help Rohingyas return safely saying , "The world wants to see a peaceful, safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland."
Replying to a question Dicson said, "I do believe that Rohingyas will go back to Myanmar. Rohingyas will eventually feel to go back to their home if there is favorable environment in Rakhine State."
Earlier, High Commissioner Dickson and DFID Bangladesh Chief Herbertson shared that the UK will give an additional £87 million for sustaining the Rohingya operation in Cox's Bazar, lifting their contribution to a total of 226 million pounds since the start of the Rohingya crisis in August 2017.
Over £20 million is being made available to support development in Cox's Bazar to mitigate the economic and environmental impact the Rohingya crisis is having on the local communities, it says.
It will also help provide food, healthcare, water, sanitation, care and counseling for sexual violence survivors and protection for vulnerable groups.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament (EP) reiterated its call on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose a 'global comprehensive arms embargo' on Myanmar.

It also called for suspending all direct and indirect supplies, sales or transfers of all weapons, munitions and other military and security equipment as well as provision of training or other military or security assistance.
In its latest resolution, the EP urged the UNSC to adopt targeted individual sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against those who appear responsible for serious crimes under international law.

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