Myanmar proposes to take back the Rohingya

Oct 03, 2017, 02:26
Myanmar proposes to take back the Rohingya

"The talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees", the minister told reporters after meeting Myanmar's Minister of the Office of State Counselor Kyaw Tint Swe in Dhaka.

Amidst the ongoing Rohingya crisis, the centre has approved two immigration check points along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh minister gave no time frame for repatriation.

According to him, both sides chose to form a joint working group soon which will draw up plans for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi, who has been severely criticised for her failure to curb the military crackdown on the Rohingya, said in a speech last month that Myanmar would take back "verified" refugees.

No details of the repatriation process was provided.

Its forces launched an offensive in the north of Rakhine state in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Aug 25.

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Myanmar authorities took foreign diplomats and United Nations representatives on a tour on Monday of conflict-torn northern Rakhine state, where a security crackdown has led to an exodus of more than 5,00,000 Rohingya Muslims.

Myanmar says more than 500 people have been killed in the latest violence, a lot of them insurgents. The joint working group has to be formed first.

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.

A US-based organisation supporting the cause of Rohingya have welcomed comments by two Sri Lankan ministers who condemned last week's violence directed against a United Nations safe house for 31 refugees near Colombo.

The Union Home Ministry said in a gazette notification that the central government has designated Zorinpui land check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry or exit with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers to or from Myanmar.

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

"We have referred implementation of the recommendation of the Kofi Annan Commission", said the foreign minister.

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