Find solutions on your own
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan Mozena yesterday said Bangladesh should resolve its problems on its own.
Talking to newsmen after a meeting with Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque at the foreign ministry, he hoped that Bangladesh will find a way forward to hold a free, fair and credible election.
“You should not be asking an outsider, you should be asking yourselves…. Nobody outside has a magic wand,” Mozena responded to a query about a political dialogue in Bangladesh.
About the violence unleashed by Jamaat-Shibir, he said “Violence is not acceptable. I believe all citizens have right to express their views in a peaceful manner. I really believe that. But they don't have right to kill people and create violence.”
Regarding his meeting with the foreign secretary, Mozena said they talked about the upcoming security dialogue in Washington DC on April 9 and a range of security related issues.
Also came in for discussion was the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue to be held in Dhaka on May 27-28.
Bangladesh floated an idea to set up a National Academy for Security Training to train security personnel from police, coast guard, BGB and Ansar, added the envoy.
About the hearing on GSP facilities last week in Washington DC, he said, “We discussed the fact that there were over 150 questions and some of those might need more comprehensive answers.”
“I want Bangladesh to make a strong clear case. It has a good story to tell. The situation will get better and better because I know over the next months Bangladesh will be able to do even more to address the concerns raised in the GSP petition.”
The transcript of the hearing will come out probably by the end of this week, he noted.