Rohingya crisis is unacceptable: President of General Assembly02 October 2022
Staff Reporter :
President of the General Assembly (PGA) and Under-Secretary-General of UN Peace Operations Csaba Korosiapp said the Rohingya crisis was unacceptable.
He also commended Bangladesh's role in providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to the Rohingyas who were persecuted by the Myanmar military junta.
The comments came while Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen held a meeting with Csaba Korosiapp at the UN Headquarters on Friday.
Regarding the Rohingya issue, the foreign minister highlighted the steps taken by the Bangladesh government on various issues including Covid management, providing education to Rohingya children in their own language.
Momen also expressed his dissatisfaction as the Myanmar government has not taken back a single Rohingya to Myanmar yet.
Then the President of the General Assembly said, "The crisis is unacceptable."
Csaba Korosiapp also lauded Bangladesh's remarkable leadership, productive engagement, and significant contribution in recent time in various aspects of the United Nations.
At the outset of the meeting, the foreign minister presented two proposals to PGA. These are, to organise a high-level event on 'Review of the implementation of SDGs' and to take initiative to create a forum of the Finance, Foreign and Development Ministers for developing countries under South-South Cooperation (SSC).
The Foreign Minister expressed concern on the funding gaps in the implementation of SDG, particularly in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The proposed high-level event will bring an opportunity to review the progress made towards implementing SDGs and the way forward to meet the funding gaps, Momen added.
Regarding the forum of the Finance, Foreign and Development Ministers, he said that this forum will create a suitable platform to have substantive dialogue on South-South Cooperation. The PGA appreciated the proposals of the foreign minister.
In response, the PGA commended Bangladesh's development trajectory including the GDP growth and applauded Covid-19 mitigation measures.
The foreign minister also stated the importance of more funds for mitigation and adaptation of Climate Change effects.
He further mentioned that the promise of providing USD100 billion funds per year should be materialised at the earliest. PGA expressed his support on this issue.
Momen also invited the PGA to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.