DHAKA: Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) has declined Myanmar’s membership application as Bangladesh strongly opposed the move for its non-cooperation to repatriate Rohingyas.
IORA is an organization of 22 member states and nine dialogue partners.
Myanmar again applied for membership of IORA during the 21st IORA Council of Senior Officials’ (CSO) Meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, on November 5-6.
“Bangladesh strongly opposed the membership application of Myanmar for IORA stating the ground reality of Myanmar’s non-cooperation and lack of commitment to repatriate Rohingya refugees have not changed since the last meeting,” Foreign Ministry issued a media release on Thursday (November 7).
Bangladesh also stated that Myanmar has failed to demonstrate its willingness to be a responsible state and it lacks respect for international norms and rules.
BDST: 1948 HRS, NOV 07, 2019