Move carefully in affected areas
Dhaka yesterday requested foreign diplomats to exercise restraint in their diplomatic movements in Ramu and Ukhia in Cox's Bazar and Patiya in Chittagong where Buddhist temples and houses were attacked on September 29 and 30.
“The affected areas have been kept open to all in line with our principle of transparency and freedom of movement.
“However, the situation on the ground in Ramu and its surrounding areas are being closely monitored by concerned law enforcement and intelligence agencies,” said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.
She said any untoward development may upset the ongoing investigations and eventually destabilise the prevailing calm and peace.
“We would also request your kind cooperation in keeping the foreign office informed of all diplomatic and UN or other international agencies' movements near Cox's Bazar so that appropriate security can be arranged,” she said.
Almost all ambassadors and high commissioners and heads of international organisations and UN bodies attended the briefing on the attacks in the foreign ministry in the capital.
Dipu Moni assured that the government would keep no stone unturned to ensure justice and protection to the affected Buddhists and take appropriate measures to rebuild and restore the religious sites and Buddhist households.
On protest rallies, mob violence or attacks before Bangladesh missions abroad, she requested the concerned governments to ensure adequate protection for Bangladesh's diplomatic missions.