Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Major General Abul Hossain has termed the Rohingya crisis as a humanitarian disaster and urged the international community to play an active role in resolving it.
The BGB chief made the call during a five-day symposium titled ”1st International Symposium on Land and Maritime Border Security and Safety: Challenges and Solutions” that ended in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia on Thursday, said a press release.
Saudi Border Guard organised the symposium, which began on October 15.
The event was hosted under the patronage of Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.
Experts on land and maritime border and 45 eminent speakers of 17 countries placed their speeches in the symposium.
They discussed several issues concerning the safety and security of seaports and ground crossings as well as the protection of vital facilities.
During the symposium, the DG BGB highlighted the recent influx of Rohingya people into Bangladesh before the representatives of various countries, said Public Relations Officer of the BGB Headquarters here Mohammad Mohsin Reza.
Major Gen Abul told the congregation that the stateless Rohingyas are entering Bangladesh fleeing torture and oppression unleashed by Myanmar Army in Rakhine State. He said that Bangladesh gave them shelter on humanitarian grounds.
The BGB chief presented a paper on “National, Regional and International Cooperation and its Effectiveness to Enhance Border Security and Safety-Past, Present and Future” at the programme on Wednesday where he described the past and present of Bangladesh border management, challenge of border management, benefit of mutual cooperation of border management and his experience to ensure more security of Bangladesh border.