Over a Million Rohingyas Will Return to Homes in Myanmar Come November

Asia & Pacific

Myanmar and bangladesh have arrived at a consensus on the repatriation of the 1.1 million Rohingyas who have been living in refugee camps in bangladesh. Bangladesh had claimed on several occasions that Myanmar was delaying the repatriation process as it lacked the political will while Myanmar argued that the process was complex.

Bangladesh and Myanmar arrived at a crucial agreement on Tuesday during the third foreign secretary level Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on the repatriation of verified Rohingyas- a Muslim minority in Myanmar. As per the consensus reached during the meeting in Dhaka, Myanmar will start taking back the Rohingyas who had fled from the Rakhine state of the Buddhist nation since the military crackdown began on August 25 last year following an attack by Rohingya insurgents on police posts in Rakhine. Presently, over 1.1 million Rohingya have been residing in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has long been asking India to mount pressure on Myanmar for the repatriation of these refugees.

“We have the political will for repatriation. We will begin the process next month,” Myint Thu, Myanmar’s foreign secretary, told reporters.

However, the official from the two sides refused to provide the number of Rohingyas to be repatriated in the first phase.

“This repatriation is a complex process. It needs political will. We feel Myanmar has the will,” Shahidul…

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