Will Myanmar take back Rohingya refugees? Bangladesh optimistic

As Bangladesh reels under the massive influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence in Rakhine state, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali said that Myanmar has made a proposal to take back about half a million refugees. His remarks came after his meeting in Dhaka with a Myanmar delegation headed by Kyaw Tint Swe, a minister in State Counsellor’s office.

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It’s time to act and fix ailing UNSC: India’s envoy in UN

Today, we stand on the cusp of selecting the 9th Secretary General of the UN. The last report of Secretary General Ban ki-Moon contained in A/71/1 on the Work of the Organization is, therefore, an appropriate inflection point to examine what are the main challenges that face us and what are the means and mechanisms to mend. These are not simple issues nor are they small in number. However, due to paucity of time I will focus on just three examples relating to peace and security that are emblematic of the problems we face.

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India to Pakistan: Abandon your futile quest, J& K is and will remain India’s integral part

Abandon your futile quest and stop abusing international fora for Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. This is India’s strongly-worded message to Pakistan which continues to rake up the Kashmir issue to divert the world’s attention from its relentless pursuit of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

“Our response to Pakistan is consistent. Abandon your futile quest. Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so,” India’s Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin said during a General Assembly debate on ‘Report of the Secretary General on the Work of the Organisation’ at the 71st session of the UNGA.

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