04 MARCH 2015
Diplomats of eight countries, including the US, and of the European Union yesterday called on the major political parties in Bangladesh to increase among them the relation of confidence to end violence, after a meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office. Lack of confidence is instrumental to the incidents of ‘violence and violation of human rights in the country’, they said after the over two-hour meeting held ‘to discuss current events in Bangladesh’.
The meeting between the ambassadors, high commissioners, and chargé d’affaires of Australia, Japan, USA, Canada, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the EU, and the BNP chief began at 6:30pm.
“We stressed the need for an immediate end to the ongoing violence,” Australian High Commissioner in Dhaka Greg Wilcock said while briefing journalists, on behalf of the diplomats, about the meeting.
“We encouraged confidence building measures including the de-escalation of Bangladesh’s political conflict in the interest of fostering safety, stability, growth, human rights
and democracy in Bangladesh,” said a statement issued by the Australian High Commission in Dhaka.
The meeting with
the BNP chairperson followed a similar meeting with the foreign minister on Sunday, the statement added.
Recalling their previous statements on recent events in Bangladesh and those by the UN, Greg Wilcock, while reading out the statement, said they called for an end to Bangladesh’s continuing violence.
“As friends and partners of Bangladesh, we welcome the opportunity to meet the BNP chairperson. We will continue to express our common hopes to all sides,” the statement added.
When asked for feedback, a BNP leader, preferring anonymity, said Khaleda was of the opinion that they want to resolve the current political stalemate through a dialogue.
“She (Khaleda) wants that a congenial atmosphere be created for holding a free and fair election under a non-partisan government to continue the democratic process,” the leader said, adding that the meeting was a ‘fruitful one’.