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One million refugees can be major threat to security of region: Bangladesh's High Commissioner on Rohingyas

His Excellency Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India. Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 18, 2019, 07.57 PM (IST)

In the inaugural session of WION's brand new show WION World Order, three BIMSTEC ambassadors discussed a range of issues concerning the group besides talking on the significance of India in the group, ties with China and how the issue of terror and security affect the member states. 

Syed Muazzem Ali Bangladesh's High Commissioner to India addressed the Rohingya issue and called for the rehabilitation of the refugees at the earliest.  

"One million refugees can be a major threat to security not only for Bangladesh but for the entire region. For how long can we keep them confined to certain refugee camps? The best solution will still be to rehabilitate them to their own country. I think the sooner we do, the better it is. In our region, the insurgency has always been a problem. You would recall that Bangladesh and India have both faced similar problems in the past - insurgency and subversive elements were still operating in our region, who knows that these Rohingya refugees won't fall into wrong hands," Muazzem said.

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"Unless and until we have peace and security, we cannot ascend the path of development," he added.  

Muazzem also highlighted the issue of underdevelopment in the region, stating that "all-rounded economic cooperation" is needed. 

"We do not face any threat as such from any external power. 22 per cent of the global population lives in this region, yet we are the poorest, our agenda is to give a certain standard of living to our own people and to emerge as a developed country as fast as we can," he concluded.  

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Muazzem also highlighted the issue of underdevelopment in the region, stating that 'all-rounded economic cooperation' is needed.