UNSC team in Cox’s Bazar to see impacts of Rohingya crisis
A high-profile delegation of the UN Security Council arrived in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday afternoon to see the brutalities that the Rohingyas faced in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and steps taken by the government of Bangladesh.
UNSC President for the month of April, Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, is leading the delegation, says an official. Reports UNB.
They will stay in Cox’s Bazar overnight and will visit Kutupalong Rohingya camp in the district on Sunday to see first-hand the impacts of the Rohingya crisis.
The UNSC team will spend over 3 hours at Rohingya camp from 9:20am to 12:45pm on Sunday, according to an official at the Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, the delegation landed at Cox’s Bazar airport at 4:15pm by a special aircraft and then they reached Royal Tulip Hotel on Inani beach, Cox's Bazar.
They are scheduled to exchange opinion with Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of UN agencies, Commissioner of Cox's Bazar Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) Mohammad Abul Kalam and representatives of law enforcement agencies on Saturday evening.
The delegation members will leave hotel for Kutupalong Rohingya camp at 8:20am on Sunday and at first they will go to no man’s land along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
They will talk to Rohingyas in various blocks in Kutupalong camp and will brief media at 12:45pm at the camp on Sunday.
The UNSC team is scheduled to leave Cox’s Bazar for Dhaka at 3:30pm on Sunday.
They are scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban at 9:30am on Monday and will leave Dhaka at 10:30am for Myanmar.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and acting Foreign Secretary Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam received the UNSC delegation in Cox’s Bazar.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam is expected to host a reception in honor of the UNSC team at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden on Sunday evening.
The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members with five permanent members -- China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States -- and 10 non-permanent members.
The UNSC visit was originally scheduled for April 27-28.
Over seven lakh Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, and the influx, though reduced in recent weeks, continues despite Myanmar's assurances of stopping violence in Rakhine.