International relations experts on Thursday said China, India and other ASEAN member states have their interests in Myanmar and these were helping Myanmar to keep its controversial position on Rohingya crisis.
At a symposium on ‘the Rohingya influx and the changing scenario: options and challenges for Bangladesh’, they also said that initially there was a sympathetic approach among the local people towards the Rohingyas but as time passed discontent grew.
Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (BILIA) organised the symposium in Dhaka.
Presenting a paper, Dhaka University’s international relations professor Delwar Hossain said Rohingya issue was a local problem with regional consequences because of Myanmar’s geographical location as it was connected with three regions- South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Analysing the role and motive of China, India and ASEAN members on the Rohingya crisis, he said, ‘There is “Myanmar‑centrism” in the region which is helping Myanmar to keep its position on Rohingya issue.’
Another DU IR professor Lailufar Yasmin said initially there was a sympathetic approach towards the Rohingya people but eventually some difficulties arose.
Problems concerning price hike in local market, hindrance on regular education of the local students and the willingness of the amalgamation of Rohingya people were the major problems, she said.
Retired major general Anup Kumar Chakma, also former ambassador to Myanmar, said the laws in Myanmar were not to be blamed for Rohingyas to be stateless.
He said that the Rohignyas living on other parts of Myanmar do enjoy the citizenship right, on the contrary the Rohingyas living in the Rakhine state were not provided with the right.
Retired Brigadier General Shafaat Ahmed and former ambassadors, officials from foreign ministry, university teachers, senior researchers, and civil society members took part in the discussion.
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