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 with Myanmar, and this is why we’re using all tools at our disposal to help,” said Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Benoit Préfontaine.
He was addressing a symposium titled “Bangladesh-Canada Relations: Prognosis for Partnership” at a city hotel organised by Cosmos Foundation.
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 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.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, who was the chief guest at the event, termed Bangladesh-Canada relation a trouble-free one which is growing on all fronts.
Chairman of the Cosmos Foundation Enayetullah Khan delivered the welcome speech, chaired by Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, principal research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore.
Appreciating Canada’s support, Foreign Secretary Haque said Canada acted “very decisively” including passing a strong resolution at its 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 Rohingyas.