Bangladesh to raise Rohingya issue at CPA conference
Bangladesh will brief the parliamentarians of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) member countries on the Rohingya issue tomorrow.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will brief the parliamentarians around 3:30pm.
The government will also place the issue as a special component at the ongoing CPA conference.
CPA executive committee chair and Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury disclosed the information yesterday at a press conference following a meeting of the committee at a city hotel.
The conference, which started on Wednesday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital, will end on November 8. The prime minister will formally inaugurate it tomorrow.
At the press conference, the Speaker said, “As agendas of CPA were fixed earlier, the Rohingya issue was not included. But the issue is no longer related to Bangladesh only; it is rather an international one. I think we will be able to create a global opinion through this conference.”
She said around 500 delegates from 180 national and provincial parliaments from 52 countries will be informed about the Rohingya issue at the conference.
“Bangladesh is hosting the 63rd CPA conference. We can discuss the Rohingya issue formally and informally with the speakers, deputy speakers and parliamentarians. We can seek their supports…,” she said.
She said the country should take the opportunity of parliamentary diplomacy through the CPA to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis.
The Speaker also said the delegates will raise the issue within their countries as well as at the global forums to mount pressure on Myanmar for taking back their citizens.
Bangladesh as a host country has been continuing its diplomatic efforts bilaterally and multilaterally for a peaceful and durable solution, she added.
“I hope the Rohingya issue will be solved in line with the five-point proposal of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that she placed at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly.”
The Speaker said majority of the delegates will arrive today to attend the programme.