Guterres praises Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas

Dhaka, Jan 31 (FN Agency) Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, in a letter to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen expressed gratitude to Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas who fled atrocities 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 Secretary-General reaffirmed that United Nations will continue to stand with Bangladesh and mobilize international support to collectively address the crisis. Through the office of the Special Envoy and other UN mechanisms, the UN would continue to work towards creating conducive conditions for the return of Rohingyas including the full implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to find a durable solution to the crisis, the Secretary-General added.

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 mobilize further international assistance towards a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis. The Secretary-General had written the letter in response to Dr. Momen’s new year message to him where the Foreign Minister stressed, among other issues, the need for a more robust and active role of the UN for the commencement of repatriation and a lasting solution to the crisis.