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BD needs to utilise global pressure on Myanmar: Experts

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UNB, Dhaka :
Like Myanmar, its friends will also feel the "pressure" amid significant development on "legal front" that Bangladesh needs to utilise prudently to keep up the growing global pressure on Myanmar until a solution to Rohingya crisis is found, say foreign affairs analysts.
One of the experts says the pressure is not only building on Myanmar rather it is a pressure for Myanmar's friends too who kept mum as questions are around why other countries cannot do the same like Gambia and Argentina.
"The pressure on Myanmar should be there until there's a solution. I think it'll not be wise for us to give up until a solution is found. I think we shouldn't stop here," Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University's (DU) International Relations department told UNB.
He said, there should be negotiations with other countries citing example of Gambia and Argentina, and it will be easier for the government (of Bangladesh) to talk about the issue.
Prof Imtiaz said there are already questions around why the European Union (EU), Canada, France or other countries cannot do the same on the legal front as they talk much about human rights.
No Immediate Dramatic Change
"There'll be no dramatic change in the situation immediately amid the last few days'

progress (on legal fronts) but it'll help build pressure on Myanmar," Distinguished Professor, Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, USA told UNB.
He, however, said it needs to be kept in  mind that Myanmar's friends-China, Russia and India-encouraged Bangladesh to go for a kind of bilateral solution to the Rohingya crisis when there were possibilities of fresh pressure on Myanmar in the past. "This is a kind of diplomatic game."
Prof Riaz said it is absolutely necessary to take steps and extend clear support to the legal measures that are being taken internationally.
"It'll go in favour of Myanmar if Bangladesh hesitates to take steps to that end fearing discord with India and China," he mentioned.

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