New York: Bangladesh has officially requested the United Nations to send its delegation to observe the upcoming general election which is to be held in between October 25 to January 24 next.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon when she met him at the UN headquarters on Saturday.
“I’ve requested him (Ban Ki-moon) to send a UN delegation to observe the next general election,” Hasina said.
Addressing a press briefing at Bangladesh’s permanent mission at the UN in New York on Saturday afternoon, the Prime Minister said the UN Secretary General has highly praised the role of Bangladesh in women’ s empowerment towards attaining MDGs as well as the country’s performance in UN peacekeeping missions.
In this regard, the Prime Minister said that many other countries in the world have failed to achieve the successes in attaining the MDGs that Bangladesh did.
“This success has been possible because we’ve maintained the democratic process in the country and for our rapid economic progress,” she added.
Hasina thanked the UN Secretary General for appointing a battalion of Bangladeshi peacekeepers to a new peacekeeping mission of the United Nations in Mali.
The Prime Minister also called upon Ban Ki-moon to appoint the Bangladeshi peacekeepers to the higher posts of the UN.
Hasina also said she would gear up her government’s initiatives to have Bangla as the official language of the United Nations if her party is voted to power again.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Bangladesh Permanent representative to the UN AK Abdul Momen were, among others, present at the press briefing.
Hasina urges UN to send poll observer team