Don't trust Myanmar

Mujtoba Ahmed Murshed   

13 October, 2017 14:51 PM

Don't trust Myanmar

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A Myanmar team is set to arrive in Bangladesh next week to hold a bilateral talk over the exodus of Rohingya. Reacting to the global pressure, Myanmar has planned to send a delegation led by Myanmar’s Minister of the Office of State Counselor, Kyaw Tint Swe. 

Though Myanmar's de facto leader condemned rights abuses but did not blame the army or address allegations of ethnic cleansing!

Following US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a phone call, told Suu Kyi that he welcomed her statement that refugees would be able to return once verified.  But he urged her to facilitate humanitarian aid and "address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations", the state department said.

Also speaking to the UN Assembly, French President Emmanuel Macron said: "the military operation must stop, humanitarian access must be guaranteed and the rule of law restored in the face of what we know is ethnic cleansing". He also said he would start a Security Council initiative to ensure humanitarian access and an end to the violence.

Indeed, Myanmar is facing a huge pressure soon after Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s speech at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed of creating a UN-supervised safe zone for the Rohingyas inside Myanmar.  She said, "These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security, and dignity," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the UN General Assembly. 

She also urged the UN Secretary-General to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar. She said, “Myanmar to unconditionally stop the violence and the practice of ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State immediately and forever”. In her final two points, Sheikh Hasina urged for the sustainable return of all Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh and the full implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission report.

Unfortunately, some 470,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar since a brutal crackdown on the Rohingya community began several weeks ago following a series of attacks on security posts. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called the situation a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing," and the crisis has caused a mass exodus of the Rohingya to flee across the border into Bangladesh.

However, Sheikh Hasina’s proposal has made a hammer hitting on Myanmar authority’s nerves. Beyond question, Bangladesh's diplomatic efforts to find a durable solution to the crisis is highly appreciable, but no bilateral talks should take place between the two countries over latest eruption of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state that triggered one of the world’s worst refugee crisis in recent decades. Rather, the discussion should be multilateral at the international forum under the UN. 

Burmese leaders’ treatment towards the ethnic minority people have shown their real character. They even may not keep the promise of any bilateral agreement and which all are representing German Nazi leader Hitler, so there is no question of trusting them.

Nothing had yielded well in our favor having bilateral talks over Rohingya citizens in-fluxing Bangladesh since 1978 and vividly since 1992.

This time, under global criticism, they want a strategic means of diplomacy to play with Bangladesh to gain; this is what they want deleting genocide accusations on them by getting back a nominal number of refugees. 

But following any such diplomatic failure, they might be launching a sudden military strike to cut-off a hilly portion of our territory. Their target is to put control over the resourceful maritime zone.  

Bangladesh authorities should be more careful at their every possible step while dealing the issue.

The writer is a political analyst and journalist. He is the Editor of Weekly Finance World.