September 30, 1971
COMMUNIQUE SPOUSE NOT ALIGNED
Foreign ministers from some 50 non-aligned countries today approved a statement that included a call for international action on the refugee problem in Bangladesh.
The statement said: âA humanitarian problem of unprecedented magnitude has arisen as a result of the influx of people across international borders into India. This massive influx of refugees, which still continues, places a huge burden on India and calls for swift and effective intervention. action, including action at the international level to stem the influx of these refugees, alleviate their suffering and promote all the necessary conditions that create confidence and guarantee the inalienable rights of refugees and their return to their homeland safely and quickly .
PAKISTAN CALLS ON INDIA TO REMOVE REFUGEES
Pakistan said today that it did not ask India to help the country solve its internal problems, but to send refugees from East Pakistan back to their homeland. Mahmoud Ali, head of the Pakistani delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, told the assembly: âMy government has given proof of its desire to find a settlement with India not for Pakistan’s internal problems. but for the refugee problem.
Mahmoud Ali’s words were part of a series of exchanges that began on September 27, 1971 during the general debate between the Indian and Pakistani delegations.
Referring to the call for a political solution in East Pakistan, Mahmoud Ali said, âThe President of Pakistan is moving towards and achieving a political solution. He alleged that India was helping the insurgents in East Pakistan.
ROGERS AND GROMYKO TALK ABOUT BANGLADESH
US Secretary of State William Rogers and Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko, during their series of annual talks held today in Washington, agreed on the need to prevent the escalation of tension created by the massive flow. refugees from East Pakistan to India. They felt the need to advise India and Pakistan to have a discussion to see if solutions to the Bangladesh problem could be found.
OBSERVED BANGLADESH DAY
The Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan has declared September 30 Bangladesh Day. Bangladesh Association of Saskatchewan organized an elaborate one-day program for the celebration of the day. The campus community has shown its support for the cause of Bangladesh by participating in all of the programs.
On the same day, the Bangladesh Crisis Committee held a public meeting to inform the people of the situation in Bangladesh. The committee was formed at the University of Minnesota and sponsored by faculty members from the university.
ON THE FRONT OF WAR
Mukti Bahini today engaged Pakistani troops looting the Jafflong market in Sylhet district, and killed eight enemy soldiers.
Four Pakistani soldiers were killed in the Jambari neighborhood of Cumilla district.
Shamsuddoza Sajen is a journalist and researcher. He can be contacted at [email protected]