Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who left Dhaka on Friday morning, is expected to reach New York this afternoon to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly where she will make specific proposals for a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis and their safe, dignified repatriation.
After making a nearly two-day stopover in London, the prime minister will leave for New York at 10:50am (UK time) today by a British Airways flight, which is scheduled to reach Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey at 1:40pm local time.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen will welcome her at the airport.
The prime minister will place some fresh proposals in continuation of the previous five-point proposals she made at the last UNGA for a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis, through early implementation of recommendations by the Kofi Annan-led Commission.
In the 72nd UNGA last year, the PM proposed that Myanmar unconditionally stop the “ethnic cleansing” in Rakhine, create “safe zones” inside its territory to protect all civilians irrespective of religion and ethnicity under UN supervision, and take back all forcibly displaced Rohingyas in a sustainable manner.
The theme of this year’s UNGA is “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies”.
Like every year, the prime minister will deliver her speech in Bangla at UNGA at 7:30pm local time on September 27.