Bangladesh Foreign Ministry turned down the Pakistan’s claim regarding the Dhaka declaration at the 45th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC held in Dhaka.

Foreign Ministry Affairs   turned down the Pakistan’s claim saying that no amendment made to original draft of the Dhaka Declaration adopted during the 45th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM), concluded yesterday in the capital.

“There was no amendment made to the original draft of para 18 concerning which Pakistan has made observations,” saidin  a statement issued by the foreign affairs ministry.

The statement said an original draft of the Dhaka Declaration was received from the General Secretariat of the OIC.

“Subsequently, some additional paragraphs were suggested by some member states, OIC related organisations and the host country,” it said, adding “The suggestions were included in the draft Declaration prior to its adoption by the Council.”

An official release said the statement was made as attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh has been drawn following a press release issued by Pakistan on the recently concluded 45th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka in a press release claimed the host country circulated the text of the Dhaka Declaration just before the conclusion of the conference.

The Pakistan High Commission also said the Declaration is without prejudice to the well-established positions of the OIC member states and the organisation, as enshrined in the CFM and Summit documents.

Pakistan, however, said its Foreign Secretary also spoke at length about the tragic plight of the Rohingya Muslims and Palestinians and expressed Pakistan’s full solidarity with them.

Bangladesh hosted the event with the theme ‘Islamic Values for Sustainable Peace, Solidarity and Development’ on May 5-6.

The OIC member states expressed deep concern over the recent systematic brutal acts perpetrated by security forces against the Rohingya Muslim Community in Myanmar that has reached the leveof ethnic cleansing, which constitute a serious and blatant violation of international law.
They commended the personal leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in addressing the plight of the most persecuted people in the world and seeking strong international support to resolve the crisis and full implementation of the recommendations put forward by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (Annan Commission).

The OIC underlined the importance of OIC members states continuing to remain engaged in the UN system, including in the UNGA and Human Rights Council as well as with other relevant international organisations to address the massive human rights violations of the Rohingya Muslims taking into account the recent developments.

The member states welcomed the resolution adopted on the situation of the Rohingya community of Myanmar and in this regard, agreed to address the accountability issue for the violations of human rights against the Rohingyas in Myanmar through formation of an ad hoc ministerial committee, to be chaired by Gambia.

The High Commission said one of the main highlights of the session was the strong support demonstrated by the OIC member states to the just cause of the Kashmiri people through adoption of resolutions and endorsement of the report of the recently held OIC Contact Group on Jammu & Kashmir.

On the other hand  ,the State Minister for Foreign Affairs M ShahriarAlam  said , Everything was done following directives and suggestions from the OIC Secretariat,”

He said the OIC member states were also consulted as well. “Still, if anyone has any grievances, they should inform the OIC Secretariat first.”

Though Bangladesh ‘successfully hosted’ the 45th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan raised some questions regarding the Dhaka Declaration.

Bangladesh, however, ruled out Pakistan’s claim saying that nothing was done without consultation with the OIC secretariat.

Source – BSS / UNB

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