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21 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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‘No hide-and-seek over Bhashan Char’

UNB, Dhaka
‘No hide-and-seek over Bhashan Char’

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen yesterday said the government will take all the interested foreigners, including diplomats, to Bhashan Char Island in Noakhali to see the situation on the ground once the work is completed there. "We're very open. We're not in any hide-and-seek. Let's finish the work first," he told reporters at his ministry in the capital.

He said this is "not correct" that the government is not allowing visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee to go to the island where the government has planned to shift Rohingyas. The Foreign Minister said they conveyed UN expert Lee that she will be visiting the island once the work is completed there.

Earlier, the UN Special Rapporteur met Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at his office and discussed issues related to Rohingya crisis.

Lee, who arrived here on Saturday, will visit Cox's Bazar to see for herself the Rohingya situation there amid Myanmar's continued denial to her access to Rakhine State.

Asked about Myanmar's denial to give Lee access in Rakhine, the Foreign Minister said though she is denied today, Myanmar may invite her tomorrow which is possible in this world.Terming Lee as a prominent person, Minister Dr Momen said her commitment is very strong towards Rohingya issue.

The Foreign Minister said the Rohingya issue is a big problem that Bangladesh is facing now and Bangladesh wants its early solution. "It's good if we can resolve it quickly. But the delay might create uncertainty," he said mentioning that the delay in resolving that problem might affect other countries in the region including Bangladesh, India and Myanmar.

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