Myanmar Ready to Take Back Rohingya Refugees
Myanmar Ready to Take Back Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar Ready to Take Back Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar Ready to Take Back Rohingya Refugees

A Myanmar minister on Monday proposed taking back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, according to Dhaka’s top diplomat.
But no details of the planned repatriation were given by Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali, and there was widespread skepticism over whether any of the more than 800,000 Muslim Rohingya now in Bangladesh would return, AFP reported.
More than half a million have arrived over the last five weeks after militant attacks in Myanmar’s Rakhine State sparked violent reprisals which the UN has said could amount to ethnic cleansing in the Buddhist-dominated country.
The talks between Mahmood Ali and Myanmar’s minister of the office of state counselor, Kyaw Tint Swe came as UN representatives were given their first access to Rakhine since the trouble erupted on August 25.
UN officials, diplomats and aid groups were taken on a one-day visit organized by Myanmar authorities. They were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicenter of the violence.
Mahmood Ali held what he called “friendly” talks in Dhaka with the representative of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees,” the minister told reporters.
“The two sides have agreed to a proposal to set up a joint working group to coordinate the repatriation process.”
Suu Kyi, who has been severely criticized for her failure to curb the military crackdown, said last month that Myanmar would take back “verified” refugees.
This would be done according to criteria agreed in 1993, when tens of thousands of Rohingya were repatriated, she said.
The Bangladesh minister gave no timeframe for repatriation and did not say whether Myanmar would also take back 300,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh during earlier violence.
He said refugees would be verified by the joint working group, but without UN involvement.
“Bangladesh has proposed a bilateral agreement (with Myanmar) to help implement the repatriation,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from Suu Kyi’s representative, who was to return to his country on Monday.
Myanmar denies the Rohingya minority citizenship even though many have lived there for generations. It considers the Muslims as illegal migrants from Bangladesh.


Short URL : https://goo.gl/V6Gg84
  1. https://goo.gl/XGM6sL
  • https://goo.gl/7vnRJm
  • https://goo.gl/DhJgDH
  • https://goo.gl/vfjgM9
  • https://goo.gl/QoF75n

You can also read ...

Thousands Protest Racism in London
Thousands of people braved freezing temperatures in London to...
Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin, walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Russia’s presidential election in Moscow on March 18. (Photo: AFP)
Russians voted in a presidential election on Sunday that was...
Turkey Forces Seize Syrian Town of Afrin
Turkey’s president said Sunday the Turkish military and allied...
Sri Lanka Lifts State of Emergency
Sri Lanka’s president announced he has lifted the nationwide...
Nine people were also wounded across  the border in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir due to the shelling from India.
Five members of an Indian family were killed and two injured...
Seehofer Calls for Tighter Border Controls, Suspension of Schengen Agreement
Germany should consider stepping up its border controls and...
Trump Attacks FBI as His Lawyer Calls for End to Russia Probe
US President Donald Trump slammed the FBI as he hailed the...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints