The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, has voiced his concern about the political violence in Bangladesh and has urged the government and opposition to embrace more peaceful measures.
Jensen is currently in Banglasdesh and has met with governmental and opposition officials in a big to calm the nation's volatile political climate, which has included strikes, violence and firebombs on the streets leading to more than 100 people killed recently.
”I have met with opposing leaders, prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia about the political unrest and violence that has plagued the nation's politics over a long period of time,” Jensen said.
”I expressed my deep concern and urged them both to look to a peaceful and political dialogue instead of violence on the streets and firebombs hitting innocent people.”
Jensen went on to underline that everyone – including the civil society – should be able to take part in the democratic debate, and that the country's struggles with poverty should be the top priority for every politician.
Denmark's contribution to development in Bangladesh over the past 40 years has helped the country lift 40 million people out of poverty. Jensen is heading a conference concerning the nation's textile industry, two years after the Rana Plaza tragedy that left over 1,100 people dead in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
As part of Denmark's efforts to promote sustainable production and good jobs, Jensen launched a new co-operation between the Danish Employment Ministry and the Bangladeshi Ministry of Labour and Employment.