UN Chief applauds Bangladesh for temporarily hosting Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently wrote a letter to Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen expressing deep gratitude to Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya population who fled atrocities and persecution in Myanmar.

The Secretary-General assured that the UN has renewed its advocacy and support in the Rakhine State and would continue to engage with Myanmar towards creating a conducive environment for the sustainable return of the Rohingyas, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

The United Nations will continue to stand with Bangladesh and mobilise international support to collectively address the crisis, the Secretary-General reaffirmed.

Through the office of the Special Envoy and other UN mechanisms, the UN would continue to work towards creating conducive conditions for return including for full implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to find a durable solution to the crisis, the Secretary-General continued.

The Secretary-General thanked the Government of Bangladesh for supporting the mandate of his office and sought Bangladesh’s continued cooperation with his Special Envoy on Myanmar to mobilise further international assistance towards a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

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The Secretary-General has sent the letter in response to Dr Momen’s new year message to him where the Foreign Minister stressed, among others, a more robust and active role of the UN for the commencement of repatriation and a lasting solution to the crisis