Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni has reiterated Bangladesh’s grave concern over the climate change impacts and said the adverse effects are posing difficulties for the country to confront the fallout of the current global recession.
Addressing the 8th Ministerial Meeting of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Colombo on Thursday, Dipu Moni said the adverse impact of climate change is impairing the ability of the developing countries, said a message received here yesterday.
“Climate change is impairing the ability of the developing countries particularly the least developed countries (LDCs), to recover from the current global recession,” she said calling for a strong cooperation among Pan-Asian nations to address the climate adversities.
She said there must be a due recognition of the impact of climate change on the development paradigm including the attainment of MDG for the least developed countries The cost of adaptation puts additional constraints on our resources and the LDCs are being compelled to divert their meagre resources from social sector to meeting the immediate pressing challenge posed by the global recession, she added.
The meeting with the theme-“Spirit of Asia: Global Economic Recovery and Development”- was inaugurated by President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Foreign Minister is leading a three-member Bangladesh delegation to this annual event of the ACD, a Pan-Asian regional grouping of 31 Asian countries with 20 identified areas of cooperation, including energy, trade, education, environment and tourism.
Tehran will be the host of the next ministerial meeting in 2010. On the sidelines of the meeting, she held bilateral meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Iran and Myanmar and the Indian State Minister of External Affairs.
Dr Dipu Moni, in the meeting with Foreign Minister of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki, underlined the need for further expanding trade and economic ties to reflect the existing level of relations between two countries.
She urged him to withdraw the additional duty imposed on Bangladeshi hessian jute backing. The Iranian Foreign Minister stressed that Bangladesh is a priority country in the Foreign policy objective of Iran.
He assured of considering the request of Bangladesh foreign minister. Indian state minister for external affairs Mrs. Preneet Kaur called on the Foreign Minister and discussed wide ranging issues of mutual interests.
She emphasised the early commencement of bilateral talks on the sharing of water of Teesta River.
On the maritime boundary delimitation issue, the Foreign Minister Stressed that Bangladesh wishes to continue negotiation with India bilaterally as a parallel process to the UN arbitration.
In the meeting with her Myanmar counterpart Nyan Win, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister proposed joint-venture projects for generation of hydro-electricity and production of fertiliser from gas imported from Myanmar. Both the ministers agreed on the need for increasing bilateral interactions to consolidate and strengthen relations between the two countries.
In this context, she stressed the need for frequent consultations between the two sides at all levels to dispel any misperception on either side.
Dipu Moni also raised the issue of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and urged the Myanmar foreign minister for an early and amicable settlement of the issue.
She also requested him to relax the border visa regime for Bangladeshi businessmen to allow them to stay at least 30 days in Myanmar. Now Bangladeshi businessmen get visa for only 14 days.
Regarding recent media reporting on troops movement along the Bangladesh-Myanmar borer, the Myanmar Foreign Minister stated that no such event has taken place. He said it was routine exercise of their border security force.