During the phone conversation between the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday night, the PM has urged the latter for putting more pressure on Myanmar so that it takes back its nationals through a peaceful rehabilitation process.
“The UN secretary general made the phone call to the Prime Minister at around 9.30 pm and talked to her about 20 minutes on the Rohingya crisis,” PM`s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
Press Secretary said that the Prime Minister also sought the UN Secretary General`s support for the implementation of her five-point proposal that she placed in the 72nd UN General Assembly.
"I`ve presented the five-point proposal for a sustainable solution to the problem," she told Guterres.
Press Secretary also said the Prime Minister thanked the UN Secretary General for the phone call and sought his support and continued engagement with the issue until a durable solution to this Rohingya crisis is found.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has already engaged with Myanmar bilaterally to arrive at a feasible arrangement for the return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their homeland by peaceful means.
"You`re very much aware that the root cause of the problem lies in Myanmar and its solution to be found in Myanmar," she told the UNSG.
The Prime Minister said the Bangladesh Foreign Minister will visit New York soon to apprise him (Guterres) of the real situation on the grounds.
"We`re also sending our Home Minister to Myanmar to find out a solution to the Rohingya crisis," PM said.
The Press Secretary said the UNSG expressed grave concern over the influx of hundreds of thousands of the Rohingyas into Bangladesh.
In this connection, he also extended his solidarity with Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue and thanked the government for sheltering and providing services to the forcibly evicted Rohingyas.
Sheikh Hasina thanked the UNSG for his concern, compassion and support for the Rohingyas as well as his continued and strong pro-active role in drawing the UN Security Council as well as the world community’s attention to the problem.
As of today, she said, the exodus of Rohingyas into Bangladesh continues and the atrocities in Myanmar have not stopped yet.
"The number of forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh has already crossed 600,000, and the number is likely to reach one million," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has given shelter to the Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. And the people and the government of Bangladesh are addressing the crisis together with the cooperation of all UN agencies.
"IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, FAO, UN Women, UNDP and other UN agencies are providing emergency humanitarian assistance and services under the coordination and overall supervision of the Bangladesh government," she said.
The Prime Minister also pointed out that the government has allowed full access to the UN agencies as well as international and local NGOs to work in the Cox`s Bazar, a southern part of Bangladesh.