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Dhaka seeks global help

Diplomats pledge to ensure support to end Rohingya crisis

 Diplomats pledge to ensure support to end Rohingya crisis
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Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefs on Rohingya issue at a meeting with foreign diplomats held at the State Guest House Padma in Dhaka on Sunday.

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Bangladesh on Sunday sought support from international community to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis that began in the face of 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar.
Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali came up with the call at a briefing with the diplomats held in the State Guest House Padma in Dhaka.
During the meeting, foreign diplomats assured Bangladesh of their support over the Rohingya issue and to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
They also praised Bangladesh's generosity in responding to the humanitarian crisis to save the Rohingya people who fled from persecution in Myanmar since August 25, sources in the foreign office said.
 "We applaud the government of Bangladesh's generosity in responding to the humanitarian crisis and appreciate their continued efforts to ensure assistance for the affected Rohingya population," Joel Reifman, deputy Chief of US Embassy in Dhaka told reporters after the meeting.The US envoy believes that a full implementation of Annan Commission report on Rohingyas would end the current impasse.
The United Nations (UN) yesterday appealed for aid to deal with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Bangladesh after the number of Muslim Rohingya fleeing Myanmar rose near to 300,000 in just two weeks after violence erupted there.
Mahmood Ali briefed the foreign diplomats about how Bangladesh is affected by the mass Rohingya exodus and highlighted Bangladesh's efforts to respond to  this humanitarian crisis.
 "We made it clear to the international community that Myanmar government should take responsibility of Rohingya problem and solve it. We sought global support in this regard," Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters after the meeting with foreign diplomats.
He said at least 3000 people have been killed and more than 10,000 houses were burnt in the security operations in Rakhine State since August 25, following the reported terror attack on police posts and an army base forcing thousands of Muslim Rohingyas to cross into Bangladesh to escape violence in their country.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque accompanied the Minister at the briefing.
The Foreign Ministry earlier summoned the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka and expressed concerns over the issue.  
Dhaka also urged immediate steps to take back the Rohingya refugees, who have already taken shelter at makeshift camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district.
The refugees described horrifying stories of gang-rape, murder and tortures by Myanmar security forces.
The Myanmar authorities flatly denied the allegations.
Ambassadors, high commissioners and Mission chiefs of European and North American and Arabian countries and high officials of international organisations in Bangladesh participated in the briefing.
The Foreign Ministry is scheduled to hold another briefing with the diplomats of South Asia and Southeast Asian countries in Dhaka today (Monday).

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