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POST TIME: 5 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Rohingya crisis
Asean leaders call for durable solution
UNB, Dhaka

Asean leaders call for 
durable solution

Asean leaders have reiterated the need to find a comprehensive and durable solution to Rohingya crisis addressing the root causes of the conflict in Rakhine State. They laid emphasis on efforts to create a "conducive environment" so that Rohingyas, now taking shelter in Bangladesh, can rebuild their lives, according to a 52-point statement issued on the Summit.

The Heads of State and Government of Asean Member States, gathered in Bangkok for the 35th ASEAN Summit on November 2-3, encouraged the continued and effective dialogue between Myanmar and Bangladesh to facilitate the repatriation process of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State.

They recalled the arrangement on "Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State" between Myanmar and Bangladesh signed in 2017 and looked forward to the voluntary return of displaced persons in a "safe, secure and dignified" manner.

The Asean leaders supported the implementation of the three points reached at the informal Foreign Ministers Meeting among Myanmar, Bangladesh, and China on September 23 in New York to facilitate the implementation of the bilateral agreements between Myanmar and Bangladesh on repatriation.

They encouraged Myanmar to continue to implement the remaining recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

"We expect that the Independent Commission of Enquiry established by the Government of Myanmar would seek accountability by carrying out an independent and impartial investigation into alleged human rights violations and related issues," read a statement issued after the Summit.

The Asean leaders also reaffirmed their continued support for Myanmar's efforts to bring peace, stability, the rule of law, to promote harmony and reconciliation among the various communities as well as to ensure sustainable and equitable development in Rakhine State.