Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 20 June : Bangladesh expressed deep disappointment during adoption of the resolution on the situation of Myanmar as the resolution failed to adequately reflect on the Rohingya crisis and in recommending any actions to resolve that crisis.
The UN General Assembly adopted the resolution on the situation in Myanmar on June 18 focusing on the current democratic crisis in the country, including the declaration of emergency and detention of its political leader.
The resolution, which was adopted with 119 votes in favour, one against and 36 abstentions, called for restoration of democracy and emphasised on the central role of ASEAN in which Myanmar is also a member.
Bangladesh abstained from supporting the resolution as it did not include recommendations and actions involving repatriation of Rohingya people to Myanmar, the Bangladesh permanent mission at the UN in New York said in a press release on Saturday night Bangladesh time.
It did not recognise the need for creating a conducive environment in Rakhine for the safe, sustainable and dignified return of the members of the community to their home in Myanmar, it said.
The resolution also lacked determination to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis through collective means.
While presenting an explanation on the vote at the UNGA, Bangladesh permanent representative to the UN Rabab Fatima expressed dismay at the resolution stating that the resolution failed to recognise the urgent need for creating conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of the displaced minorities of Myanmar, particularly the Rohingyas, who are victims of atrocity.
She said that the failure of the international community in addressing the crisis ‘creates a sense of impunity in Myanmar.’
Some key OIC members, some ASEAN and SAARC members also abstained from supporting the resolution.
Representatives of a large number of countries spoke after the adoption of the resolution and they all commended Bangladesh’s sacrifice and contribution in hosting the Rohingyas.
The resolution, which was adopted asking the UN member countries to prevent supply of arms to Myanmar, was initiated by a core group of UN member states including the US, EU, UK, and Canada, among others. The core group finalised the resolution in consultation with ASEAN members, who recently held a Leaders’ Summit in Bangkok, which was also attended by the Myanmar military leader.
The UNGA resolution welcomed the five-point consensus reached at the AN Leader’s Summit and called for its swift implementation.