Myanmar agrees to take back 2,415 Rohingyas in two months

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Top view of Rohingya refugee camp at Kutupalang in Cox's Bazar. - Indrajit Gosh

Top view of Rohingya refugee camp at Kutupalang in Cox’s Bazar. – Indrajit Gosh

Myanmar has agreed to take back its verified citizens living in two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in next two months.
Initially, they would take back 2,415 people, who have been verified as Myanmar citizens in 2005,said foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque after the Foreign Office Consultation between the two countries in Dhaka.
Shahidul led the Bangladesh side while Myanmar deputy minister for foreign affairs Thant Kyaw led the Myanmar delegation in the consultation.
‘Though it will begin in a very small scale, it is a major breakthrough,’ the foreign secretary said adding that the repatriation process would be completed within the next two months.
Describing the meeting with the Mynmar deputy minister ‘fruitful’, he said a working group will be formed with the officials from both sides which will work on the process.
Repatriation of Rohingyas is a major concern for Bangladesh as it has an adverse impact on the socio-economic condition of the country. At present more than 30,000 documented refugees are camped in Cox’s Bazaar; of them, Myanmar recognised 20,000, four years ago, and agreed to take them back.
Apart from documented Rohingyas, about three to five lakh Rohingyas sneaked into Bangladesh over the years and are staying outside the refugee camps, causing serious law and order concerns as well as being an economic and social burden to Bangladesh.
The officials said during previous discussions Myanmar had agreed in principle to repatriate the Rohingyas from Bangladesh and is waiting for restoration of congenial atmosphere in the Rakhine state.

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