Myanmar makes 'proposal' to take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh

Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

On Monday Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali held talks in Dhaka with a representative of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and said the two countries had agreed to set up a working group to coordinate the repatriation of the Rohingya.

Three groups of diplomats were taken to three different areas Monday, said Ye Htut, district administrator of Maungdaw in Rakhine. He did not provide details on the diplomats' nationalities.

The Burma Task Force said the 31 Rohingya who had been drifting off Sri Lanka's northern coast five months ago had fled their refugee camp in Tamil Nadu after it was burnt down by nationalists.

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.

Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal military crackdown into Bangladesh in recent weeks.

"We have also agreed on forming a joint working group to oversee the repatriation process", Ali said adding that Bangladesh had also handed draft of a bi-lateral agreement to Myanmar for the possible repatriation process.

The Indian representative commended Bangladesh's role in extending humanitarian assistance to such a large influx of people from Rakhine State, saying Bangladesh deserves both recognition and support by the global community.

Rohingya migrants in Bangladesh say the fences prevent them from making trips to their homes in Myanmar. Meanwhile, Kwe, like other Myanmar government spokespersons, declined to speak to the media, according to Reuters.

Since Aug. 25, some 501,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, the United Nations said on September 28.

Bangladesh has proposed a bilateral deal to complete the repatriation process.

The influx broke out on August 25, when the Myanmar military unleashed a fresh crackdown campaign against Muslim villages in the western state of Rakhine following a series of armed attacks on army and police checkpoints there.

The status of Rohingya remains unsettled in Myanmar where they are denied citizenship and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots in Myanmar that go back centuries, with communities marginalised and subjected to bouts of communal violence over the years.



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