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BD blocks Myanmar’s IORA entry

Published : Friday, 8 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 284
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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has declined Myanmar's membership application as Bangladesh strongly opposed the move for its non-cooperation to repatriate Rohingyas refugees have not changed since the last meeting.
"Bangladesh strongly opposed the membership application of Myanmar for Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) stating that the ground reality of Myanmar's non-cooperation and lack of commitment to repatriate Rohingya refugees have not changed since the last meeting," according to a IORA release.
IORA, an inter-governmental organisation of 22 member states and nine dialogue partners which was established on March 1997, is a dynamic organisation with an ever-growing momentum for mutually beneficial regional cooperation through a consensus-based, evolutionary and non-intrusive approach.
The release said Myanmar again applied for membership of IORA during the 21st IORA Council
of Senior Officials' (CSO) Meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on November 5-6.
Since, as per Article 2(c) under the Fundamental Principles of the IORA Charter, decisions on all matters and issues, at all levels will be taken on basis of consensus, Myanmar's membership application has been declined and deferred due to opposition from Bangladesh, said the release.
Bangladesh also stated that Myanmar has failed to demonstrate its willingness to be a responsible state and it lacks respect for international norms and rules.
However, the 22nd CSO Meeting has begun on Thursday at the same venue. A delegation from Bangladesh Foreign Ministry participated in the CSO Meeting.
During the CSO Meeting, Vice Chairmanship for the tenure of October 2019-October 2021 was officially handed over to Bangladesh. Subsequently, Bangladesh will assume the charge of the chair from October 1, 2021 for two years tenure.
The CSO thanked Bangladesh for successful arrangement of the Conference on Blue Economy and reiterated their commitment to hold Dhaka Declaration at the centre of the Blue Economy development in the Indian Ocean region, the release added.

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