Bangladesh, Myanmar officials agree to draft repatriation deal for Rohingya Muslims


The report said officials tried to assure the Rohingya of their safety in Myanmar but villagers said they "would still like to go to Bangladesh of their own accord".

After completion of the one hour and 15 minutes meeting, Foreign Minister Ali briefed media and disclosed about Myanmar's proposal to repatriate its nationals.

The State Department recently announced the USA was set to contribute $32 million worth of humanitarian aid to help the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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

Mahmood held talks with Kyaw Tint Swe, a representative of Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's.

"The verification of refugees will be based on the agreement between the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments in 1993", he said.

The Bangladesh minister gave no time frame for repatriation.

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Video posted on Facebook by a nationalist group, the Sinhala National Movement, shows protesters calling Rohingya "terrorists who killed Buddhists in Myanmar" and saying that they can't live in Sri Lanka.

In Bangladesh, there are still no regular services in the new site, occupied already by several thousand people as a makeshift settlement, identified to host up to 400 000 refugees.

"The framers of the Constitution of India would not have envisaged a situation where thousands and thousands of people would be flowing into this country entering illegally without any valid travel documents and start claiming fundamental rights as non-citizens", he added. However, an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State headed by Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, is probing into the truths of Rakhine and Rohingyas. More than 200 Rohingya are estimated to dwell in Nepal since 2012, of which 147 have been verified and registered as urban refugees by the UNHCR Nepal.

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims fled their nation's army as it advanced, crossing into neighboring Bangladesh.

The two sides also agreed on forming a joint panel to oversee repatriation of the recently arrived Rohingya Muslims, who have either been living in squalid camps or out in the open with only a tent on their head.

It also urged a "safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their area of origin". He said the other five suspects were arrested and remanded over the weekend.