Bangladesh: Myanmar proposes Rohingya refugee return

03 October, 2017, 02:23 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • 1 2017 Rohingya Muslim refugees line up to receive food at a distribution area at Balukhali refugee camp near the town of Gumdhum in Cox's Bazar

"The talks were held in a friendly atmosphere, and Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees", Mahmood said after the meeting in Dhaka.

More than half a million Rohingya have fled from the region to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority, do not qualify for Myanmar citizenship even though many have lived there for generations.

Mahmood Ali said: "Kyaw Tint Swe has shown interest in taking them [the Rohingya] back after forming a joint working group to identify the Rohingya people".

Lalzirliana said it is unlikely that the Rohingya would come to Mizoram as the community's home state of Rakhine in Myanmar is quite far off.

While talking about Myanmar's attitude towards repatriation, the minister said: "If we comment or express any doubt regarding that matter then discussion process might be delayed". "We need 75 million for the next six months", David Beasley, WFP executive director, told reporters after visiting refugee camps in Bangladesh near the Myanmar border.

"The repatriation process can start any time for those who wish to return to Myanmar".

Suu Kyi has no power over security policy under a military-drafted constitution and the public in Myanmar - where Buddhist nationalism has surged over recent years - largely supports the offensive.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged [statement] Suu Kyi's speech and Myanmar's intention to "implement the recommendations of the advisory committee for Rakhine state".

He said refugees would be verified by the joint working group, but without United Nations involvement.

Ali said that a representative of de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi had agreed to formulate a working group to coordinate repatriation of the troubled refugees.

The Indian envoy said Myanmar security forces' operations resulted in the exodus of a large number of people from Rakhine State, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Border security officials in Bangladesh say they were not involved with Myanmar's decision to strengthen its border.

With the latest influx, there are now more than 800,000 refugees living near Bangladesh's border with Myanmar.

An agreement on Zorinpui was included in the joint statement issued during the visit of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May, 2012.

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