Chittagong, Bangladesh: According to United News of Bangladesh (UNB), Dhaka, the new democratic Burmese government is keen to resolve all disputes with Bangladesh, including Rohingya problems, through negotiations, Burma’s newly appointed Ambassador to Bangladesh U Min Lwin said yesterday at Bangabhaban.
The new envoy made the remarks while presenting his credentials to President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban.
“The new envoy said the democratic government established in Myanmar recently has decided to resolve all problems with the neighboring countries through discussion and negotiation.”
“He also mentioned that the newly elected Myanmar president has decided to visit Asian countries, starting with Bangladesh.”
Ambassador Lwin expressed happiness as he has been assigned to Bangladesh for discharging diplomatic duties. “Myanmar will support Bangladesh in all international and regional forums, including the United Nations, SAARC, and BIMSTEC,” he said.
The ambassador expressed appreciation for the Bangladeshi government as it has been playing a very positive role in the international arena recently, especially on the issue of climate change.
“Welcoming the new ambassador at Bangabhaban, the president said Bangladesh attaches great importance in its relations with all neighboring countries. The Bangladeshi government has taken initiative to establish rail and road connectivity with Myanmar, and the president expressed his hope that the connectivity would help the two countries in expanding trade and commerce relations in future.
President Rahman urged Myanmar businessmen to import world standard Bangladeshi products, considering their competitive prices.
Earlier, on his arrival, the new ambassador was given a guard of honor by a contingent of the President’s Guard Regiment.
Secretary of the President’s Office M. Shafiul Alam, Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, Military Secretary to the President Major General Abul Kalam M. Humayun Kabir, and Press Secretary to the President AKM Nesar Uddin Bhuiyan were also present on the occasion.
When Kaladan News asked to a politician from Maungdaw, he said, “Earlier Burma’s envoy to Bangladesh also gave promises that they would solve the Rohingya problem after discussion between the two countries. But, in reality the situation is quite different.”
Tens of thousands of stateless Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face abuse, starvation and detention in a 'silent crisis', according to Bangladesh: The silent crisis of the Refugees International (RI) report released on April 19, 2011.
“The crisis could lead to a humanitarian emergency if the authorities do not do more to protect them.”
“The Rohingyas are a Muslim minority from Rakhine state in the west of the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.They face some of the worst discrimination in the world and accuse the Myanmar government of denying them citizenship, free movement, education and employment. But those who have fled to Bangladesh also face discrimination - they receive limited aid and are subject to arrest, extortion and detention,”