Says British State Minister Burt

UK wants a participatory election in BD

UK wants a participatory election in BD

Dhaka, Aug 30 (Just News): About the next general election, British State Minister Alistair Burt on Thursday said said their country thinks a participatory election through creating a level-playing field is very vital. "Our position is the same as it was in the past. Everyone must take part in the election... a government's legitimacy is enhanced when everyone participates."

Burt also said an inclusive election can help develop the nation and strengthen the democracy.

Burt, the UK's State Minister for the Middle East at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development, came up with the remarks at a press conference at the British High Commission here following his visit to Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar

Referring to his Wednesday's meeting with Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, the British state minister said he is hopeful that an atmosphere conducive to a fair and inclusive election will be created here.

British State Minister said UN Fact-Finding Mission's report on the Rohingya crisis is a stern test for the Security Council to act for resolving the problem.

"The Fact-Finding Mission report is very hard-hitting...this is a very stern test (for the UN Security Council)," he said.

Stating that the UN report is much more direct and it gives clear indication and evidence that warrant discussion of genocidal acts and crimes against humanity in Rakhine State, he said, adding that they expect some actions from the global leaders.

He, however, said it may take some time for taking actions.

The junior British minister thinks there is no easy and quick solution to the Rohingya crisis as the problem is not seen the same way by all the neighbours, the states in the region as well as those countries outside the region. "This is a matter of discussion and negotiation."

He said the UN Fact-Finding Mission's report presented the evidence of Myanmar's wrongdoings, and now the global community needs to raise voice together to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

Burt assured that his country will continue to provide support for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh as long as it gives them shelter and takes care of the displaced people. "The UK has the tremendous interests in the crisis affecting Rohingya people."

He said their country is extremely concerned over the Rohingya crisis and the prevailing situation. "People should be repatriated. All refugees say they want to go home, and they would not go home unless it is safe, secure and their identity is recognised."
The UK state minister highly appreciated the sacrifices made by the local people and the Bangladesh government for giving Rohingyas shelter, security and sharing resources and opportunities with them.

Mentioning that the UK's relation with Bangladesh is very strong, Burt hoped that it will continue to grow in the days to come.