The UN Security Council has passed a resolution on the ‘Myanmar situation’ for the first time. It emphasizes on the Rohingya crisis and its sustainable solution.

Britain acted as the main initiator of this proposal. This was stated in a press release of Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York.

It is also said that the proposal was passed by 12 votes in the Security Council on Wednesday. No member vetoed or voted against the motion. However, China, Russia and India abstained from voting.

The resolution also called for an end to violence and inclusive political dialogue, citing Myanmar’s ongoing political instability, the degradation of its democratic institutions and the arbitrary detention of political leaders, the press release said.

In view of multifaceted global challenges, including the Russia-Ukraine war, this proposal is a demonstration of the UN’s highest body’s determination to resolve the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.

According to the press release, this proposal will refocus the attention of the world community on the issue of Rohingya crisis.

Since the influx of Rohingyas in Bangladesh in 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made Bangladesh’s position clear to the international community that these Rohingyas must return to their country from their temporary shelters.

Bangladesh currently shelters more than 1.2 million Rohingya on humanitarian grounds. The resolution praised Bangladesh’s efforts to provide shelter and humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya.

The resolution also mentions the impact of the current political situation in Myanmar on the voluntary, safe, dignified and permanent return of the Rohingya to Rakhine and on regional security.

The resolution identifies the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine State and emphasizes the need to create the necessary conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified and permanent return of the Rohingya.

Besides, as a quick step, the resolution requests the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy to Myanmar to submit a report to the Security Council by March 15, 2023 on possible UN support for the implementation of ASEAN’s five-point consensus.

According to the press release, the resolution will serve as an initial step for regular discussions on Myanmar in the Security Council. Besides, it will further strengthen Bangladesh’s ongoing efforts to find a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis.

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York made a significant contribution to the negotiation of this proposal. Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Muhammad Abdul Muhith held several bilateral meetings with strategic and important members of the Security Council to confirm the specific issues of Bangladesh’s interest in the resolution.

The press release also said that this proposal bears witness to the significant success of Bangladesh’s multifaceted efforts to solve the Rohingya crisis.-Bass

(22 December)