EU pro­poses shun­ning Myan­mar gen­er­als over Ro­hingya cri­sis

The Miracle - - Middle East - By: SHEHAB SUMON

DHAKA: The EU has pro­posed cut­ting back con­tacts with Myan­mar’s top gen­er­als as a first step to in­creas­ing sanc­tions over atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by the army against Ro­hingya Mus­lims. Ac­cord­ing to the draft, the EU “will sus­pend in­vi­ta­tions to the com­man­der in chief of the Myan­mar armed forces and other se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cers.” Rashed Ahmed Chowdhury, for­mer Bangladeshi spe­cial en­voy to the UN, wel­comed the pro­posal, call­ing Myan­mar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi a “pup­pet” of the coun­try’s mil­i­tary. “Cur­rently, Myan­mar is get­ting arms from many Western coun­tries, in­clud­ing Is­rael. Once the sup­ply line is cut, it will cre­ate im­mense pres­sure on Myan­mar. Only then will Bangladesh be able to repa­tri­ate refugees,” Chowdhury told Arab News, sug­gest­ing more com­pre­hen­sive mea­sures. “The world should con­sider eco­nomic sanc­tions on Myan­mar. The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should pass a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion to stop this eth­nic cleans­ing, which is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able. If the sit­u­a­tion per­sists, many coun­tries will throw the mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tion out of their land.” Bangladeshi diplo­mat Q. A. M. A. Rahim told Arab News: “From the on­set, the EU has taken a ra­tio­nal ap­proach against th­ese atroc­i­ties. This time as well, it didn’t wait for any call from any­one. The EU has made its stand very clear, and is tak­ing de­ci­sions in­de­pen­dently.” The for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary of Bangladesh and for­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (SAARC) said he be­lieves the EU will take fur­ther mea­sures if Myan­mar con­tin­ues its atroc­i­ties against the Ro­hingya. Bangladesh should in­ten­sify ef­forts to con­vince coun­tries that sup­port Myan­mar “that this eth­nic cleans­ing must be stopped,” he added. “With­out con­sis­tent and com­pre­hen­sive pres­sure from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, there won’t be a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion to the refugee cri­sis.” For­mer Am­bas­sador Sohrab Hos­sain told Arab News that the EU’s ini­tia­tive is “very good,” and that “Myan­mar is un­der im­mense diplo­matic pres­sure.” Such pres­sure should be main­tained to “com­pel” Myan­mar to take back Ro­hingya who have fled, he said, laud­ing Bangladeshi diplo­macy in this re­gard.

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