It’s not considerable what India, China saying about Rohingyas: PM
New York: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said it is not considerable to Bangladesh what India and China saying about the Rohingya issue as their diplomats saw for themselves their woes.
"Their [India and China] diplomats saw the woes of the Rohingyas and they're very much sympathetic to them. We saw that," she said.
The prime minister was responding to a question during a press conference at the Bangladesh Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, US.
She also mentioned that India and China came forward with humanitarian assistance and they are sending relief materials to Bangladesh for the Rohingya refugees. "They're extending all sorts of cooperation."
Sheikh Hasina said all the diplomats, stationed in Dhaka, went to the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar to see for themselves the sufferings of the refugees. "They talked to them (Rohingyas)... they're all sympathetic to the Rohingya refugees," she said.
The premier said after giving shelter to some 800,000 Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh, the country is facing a complex crisis about their food, accommodation, emergency relief and their repatriation.
Talking about her meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Sheikh Hasina said he highly appreciated Bangladesh for standing in their bad time by the Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State. "He (UN Secretary General) also said he will do everything possible from his side to resolve the problem permanently," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said as the government is providing food to Bangladesh's 16 crore people, it will not be a big deal for the country to feed another 800,000 Rohingya refugees. "If needed, we'll eat one time a day and share our food with them (Rohingyas) during other time," she said.
Responding to a query about dialogue with BNP, she sharply reacted to it, asking for not raising the issue before her.
The prime minister said BNP is a 'terrorist' and 'militant' party which had created Bangla Bhai, its leader Ziaur Rahman killed her father along with the whole family and blocked the path to get justice. "This party killed hundreds of people in arson attacks in the name of an anti-government movement and to resist the election."
Sheikh Hasina said she called Khaleda Zia before 2014 election and went to her house after the death of her younger son Koko. "But, the reaction was humiliating."
Mentioning that there is no need to sit with BNP to forge a national consensus on the Rohingya issue, she said a consensus has already been created across the world. "Please don't tell me to sit with BNP anymore. This is not acceptable to me at all."
The prime minister also briefly described various misdeeds committed by BNP and its companion Jamaat in recent years against the country and its people.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen were present by the Prime Minister at the press conference conducted by PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.