Hasina calls for peaceful repatriation of Rohingyas
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her call for global assistance to ensure dignified and peaceful repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar.
"You are aware that Bangladesh has been hosting more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals-Rohingyas for about four years. They are posing huge security threat to Bangladesh as well as the region. We have sheltered them on humanitarian ground but such a huge population can't be lodged for indefinite period," she addressed the IX Moscow Conference on International Security.
The Prime Minister said this in her recorded speech aired in the three-day IX Moscow Conference on International Security being held from June 22 on virtual platform.
She also said peace and security cannot be ensured unless 'we take appropriate measures to end human deprivation and ensure an environment that provides education and opportunities for all'.
The premier thanked the government of Russian Federation for hosting this event and hoped that this conference would allow all to deal with the most compelling and urgent global and regional security issues.
Sheikh Hasina also put emphasis on ensuring vaccination to all to fight COVID-19, humanitarian assistance to the marginalized people, safe return of all Rohingyas to Myanmar, stopping financing and supply of arms to terrorists and increasing cooperation among military agencies to ensure global security.
In this connection, she said, "I appreciate the recent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. I hope peace and stability will prevail in the Middle East as well as in other parts of the world."
Stating that conflicts among states give rise to intrastate security problems, she opined that the concept of security now includes, in addition to military threats, the socio-economic and political needs of individuals, mass involuntary migration, environmental security and other non-traditional security threats.
Even, new challenges and issues of international security arise due to terrorism, extremism, separatism, weapons of mass destruction, cyber crimes, regional conflicts and ecological catastrophes, she said, referring to Bangladesh's 'zero tolerance' policy towards terrorism and extremism.
Mentioning that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most pressing global issues of the current time, the premier said it has not only taken a heavy toll on lives, but also battered the economies and affected the livelihoods of millions of people across the world.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has shown resilience in fighting the pandemic by ensuring available healthcare support for all and providing appropriate incentives to different sectors.