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Rohingya crisis

‘Canada using all tools to help find solution’

UNB, Dhaka

Canada yesterday said they are using all tools at their disposal, including sanctions, against Myanmar leaders and companies as well as diplomatic efforts to help find a solution to Rohingya crisis. "We fully agree that the causes and solutions to the crisis lie in Myanmar, and this is why we’re using all tools at our disposal to help," said Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Préfontaine.

The High Commissioner was addressing a symposium titled “Bangladesh-Canada Relations: Prognosis for Partnership” at a city hotel organised by Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cosmos Group, as part of its Ambassador’s Lecture Series. Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Md Shahidul

Haque, who spoke at the event as the chief guest, termed Bangladesh-Canada relation a trouble-free one which is growing on all fronts and also highlighted Canada’s supports over Rohingya issue.   

Chairman of the Cosmos Foundation Enayetullah Khan delivered the welcome speech at the symposium chaired by Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, the Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, and former Foreign Affairs Adviser to Bangladesh’s previous caretaker government.

High Commissioner Préfontaine said Canada has a long history of helping and welcoming refugees and their citizens deeply care about what the Rohingya and Cox’s Bazar host communities are going through.  

He said Canada recognises the immense generosity that the people and government of Bangladesh have demonstrated in welcoming Rohingya refugees and in keeping their borders open to those seeking refuge.

The High Commissioner said Canada was one of the first countries to respond to the crisis, and continues to be a top humanitarian donor.

“We place crucial importance on addressing the urgent needs of crisis-affected populations in Cox’s Bazar, both refugees and those living in the affected host communities,” said Préfontaine.

Canada is engaged in “extensive advocacy” and continues to work with the international community to find a way to bring to justice those responsible for gross human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar.

Appreciating Canada’s support on Rohingya issue, Foreign Secretary Haque said it has been an “exceptional relationship” not only in terms of helping Rohingyas and their basic needs, but also in terms of the whole issue of “accountability track”.

He said Canada acted “very decisively” including passing a very strong resolution in the Senate, subsequently Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader, was stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship over her inaction on military violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.

“That’s a very decisive, very significant, and very encouraging decision,” said the Foreign Secretary adding that it was beyond the lip service. 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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