BSS-56 US for accountability for those carry out atrocity against Rohingya

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US for accountability for those carry out atrocity against Rohingya

DHAKA, Oct 22, 2018 (BSS) – US principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells today said here that her government would continue to call for accountability for those who were responsible to carry out atrocity against Rohingyas in Myanmar last year, termed as ‘ethnic cleansing’ by the UN.

“We also continue to call for accountability for those responsible for the violence in the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces,” she told journalists at a press briefing at a city hotel this evening.

Alice who arrived here on Saturday, attended the press briefing after visiting Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar today.

The deputy assistant secretary said her government will continue their call on Myanmar to create necessary conditions for Rohingyas to return voluntarily to their former places in safety and with dignity.

“Towards that end, we continue to urge the government to fully implement the Anan Commission recommendations, including recommendations related to access to citizenship and freedom of movement and we offer our help in doing so”, she said.

Alice said the US is committed to assisting Bangladesh in responding to Rohingya crisis and so far provided more than 345 million US dollar to Bangladesh in humanitarian assistant in this regards.

“I want to personally thank the government and people of Bangladesh for their continued generosity in responding to the humanitarian crisis and for their efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected population,” she said.

Alice said the US hoped that the Bangladesh government will fulfill its commitment to hold free, fair, credible and participatory elections that reflect the will of the Bangladesh people.

“With a dynamic and fast-growing economy, Bangladesh’s future success will be fueled by a strengthening of its democratic institutions and governing structures,” she observed.

She said Bangladesh has potential to serve as a regional hub for trade and commerce between South and Southeast Asia and as an anchor for stability and prosperity in the Bay of Bengal region.

“In recognition of Bangladesh’s valuable role in supporting our Indo-Pacific strategy, we recently announced that we will be providing Bangladesh with 40 million US Dollars in Foreign Military Financing,” she said.

US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat was also present at the briefing.

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