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Statement by
H.E. Mr. Md. Abdul Hamid
President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
at the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction
and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)
15 June 2019
Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan


Mr. Chairman Hon'ble President of the Republic of Tajikistan: Your Excellency President Emomali Rahmon,

Hon'ble Presidents, Hon'ble Prime Ministers, Hon'ble Foreign Ministers,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Morning to all.

I am pleased to be here in the beautiful and historic city of Dushanbe to attend the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Our deep appreciation goes to the Government of Tajikistan for extending warm hospitality to my delegation. I congratulate and thank the People's Republic of China for leading the CICA process with great success as Chair. I also thank the Republic of Kazakhstan and its former President His Excellency Mr. Nur Sultan Nazarbayev for his contribution to create CICA with the support of like-minded Asian Countries.

Excellencies,

We feel that CICA brings in political discourse among its members, and my country, I assure, will continue to uphold the noble principles and objectives of CICA. We will support CICA to widen its network and help achieving targets in priority areas. We will engage in more dialogues to promote the Asian security vision.

Our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman based our foreign policy on the principle: ‘Friendship to all, malice to none'. Following that principle our dynamic and visionary Prime Minister Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina maintains our external relations emphasizing on Peace, Stability and Development. CICA is very relevant to us in this regard.

Distinguished delegates,

We are facing issues like violent extremism, international terrorism, forced migration among others which go beyond borders. We need to coordinate our response to tackle those. Asian Security is vulnerable as irregular migration, drug trafficking, territorial claims, ethnic conflicts, separatism, economic problems and climate change are visible here. To address these crucial challenges, CICA needs to enhance its capacity through promoting the concept of indivisible security. Asia's stability rests on our effective partnership, shared responsibility and collective efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The world knows that Bangladesh hosts 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. You must be aware of the evidences of genocide and gross violation of human rights, which has been termed as a ‘text book example of ethnic cleansing' and humanitarian catastrophe of unmanageable magnitude. These people were forcibly displaced from their ancestral homes and sought shelter in Bangladesh. We opened doors and still hosting them. We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed the instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If left unresolved, the crisis can destabilize the entire region. We solicit support and cooperation from our CICA partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity.

Distinguished delegates,

CICA has now a prominent presence in regional security architecture. Bangladesh proposes to enhance institutional capacity of CICA, increase cooperation in various fields, and strengthen inclusiveness of CICA. As CICA steps into its third decade, Bangladesh will continue to be a partner to build a peaceful, stable and cooperative new Asia.

We also need to continue creating links between CICA and other regional and international security organizations so that it can serve as the premier regional security forum in Asia. We must work together so that existing discords in the region should not impede resolving issues related with security and cooperation in Asia. Stability and security in Asia is imperative for economic development. We can achieve that through dialogue and cooperation.

Excellencies,

I am confident that this Summit would lead us towards a greater cooperation for peace, development, security and stability in Asia. We should build on CICA's mandate to introduce and implement more concrete Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).

I call upon CICA partners to work together to support CICA to get a global role, and write a new chapter of peace, stability and prosperity for the region and the world at large.