#thenewscompany :Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today sought British role in intensifying global pressures on Myanmar to take back their evicted citizens who took shelter in Bangladesh.
“The international pressure on the Myanmar government will have to continue,” premier’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted her as telling UK Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Tariq Mahmood Ahmad.
Tariq, also the Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, paid a courtesy call on her at her hotel here this morning when Sheikh Hasina said Naypyidaw must be forced to return its displaced Rohingya nationals.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Karim said the premier also sought the British as well as other country’s supports for relocating the Rohingyas to a Bangladesh’s offshore island from Cox’s Bazar.
“We made a makeshift arrangement for shifting them to an island called ‘Bhasan Char’ from Cox’s Bazar . . . we need international community’s assistance including that of the UK for their relocation,” she said.
The prime minister informed the British junior minister that her government would also make multipurpose arrangements including education and sanitation facilities for the Rohingyas in the island.
Sheikh Hasina apprised Lord Ahmad of the present state of the displaced Myanmar citizens and highlighted Bangladesh steps to provide shelter, food and medicare for the people in distress.
She said the civil administration, army, navy and air force, BGB, police and her party volunteers were working hard to mitigate the sufferings of these people.
The prime minister said they feel the sorrow and pain of the Rohingya people as they had to lead a refugee life after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975.
Sheikh Hasina recalled that 10 million people from Bangladesh were forced to take shelter in India during the Liberation War when the Pakistani occupation forces launched a massacre in 1971.
The prime minister also said her government brought back 62,000 Bangladeshi refugees from India after signing the landmark peace treaty in 1997.
Sheikh Hasina conveyed her regards to the British prime minister through Lord Ahmad.
The UK state minister highly appreciated Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for saving the lives of tens of thousands Rohingya people by giving shelter calling the huge exodus as “a humanitarian crisis”.
He said the Britain pledged to provide 30 million pounds for their assistance adding “we’re keen to continue support for the Rohingya people”.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to UK Nazmul Qaunine was present on the occasion.