No time frame yet on refugee repa­tri­a­tion

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

Bangladesh says Myan­mar has not yet given them a ' def­i­nite time frame ' on tak­ing back Ro­hingya refugees. Of­fi­cials who ac­com­pa­nied Home Min­is­ter Asaduz­za­man Khan Ka­mal to Nay Pyi Taw this week told Mizzima the two coun­tries have agreed to stop the flow of refugees to Bangladesh from Myan­mar's Rakhine state. A se­nior of­fi­cial in Naypy­itaw was quoted by Dhaka Tri­bune as say­ing that Bangladesh and Myan­mar have dis­cussed repa­tri­a­tion of the refugees but did not reach an agree­ment. Both coun­tries, how­ever, have agreed to halt the mass ex­o­dus of Ro­hingya to Bangladesh and re­store sta­bil­ity in Rakhine state to fa­cil­i­tate the repa­tri­a­tion. Myan­mar For­eign Min­istry’s Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary U Kyaw Zeya told re­porters in Naypy­itaw on Tues­day that they would go “step by step” on the repa­tri­a­tion is­sue although Dhaka wanted it to start as soon as pos­si­ble. He said the neigh­bours would form a joint work­ing group for repa­tri­a­tion. Myan­mar Home Min­is­ter Lt Gen Kyaw Swe and his Bangladeshi coun­ter­part Asaduz­za­man Khan Ka­mal met on Tues­day. The two coun­tries signed two agree­ments on se­cu­rity and bor­der co­op­er­a­tion. Home Min­istry’s Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary U Tint Myint said they were “yet to re­build in­fra­struc­ture and draw up re­set­tle­ment plans” to take back the refugees. He said Rakhine state lead­ers were han­dling the is­sue and it was “dif­fi­cult to pre­dict” when prepa­ra­tions would be com­plete. Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice spokesper­son U Zaw Htay said dur­ing the Dhaka visit of union min­is­ter for the State Coun­sel­lor’s Of­fice U Kyaw Tint Swe in Oc­to­ber, Bangladesh and Myan­mar had dis­cussed prin­ci­pals agreed by the two coun­tries in 1993. Myan­mar cab­i­net dis­cussed a pro­posal made by Bangladesh at that time and for­warded the de­ci­sion to State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi. But there was no “fi­nal dis­cus­sion” on the mat­ter in Tues­day’s meet­ing which mainly fo­cused on co­op­er­a­tion, se­cu­rity and law en­force­ment is­sues. Myan­mar’s cross-bor­der crime de­part­ment’s Brig Gen Aung Htay Myint said they “did not dis­cuss plans for refugees.” He said they dis­cussed the repa­tri­a­tion “to ver­ify and ac­cept back those who have set­tled in Myan­mar and fled to Bangladesh after vi­o­lence.” It is un­clear how the ver­i­fi­ca­tion process would work on the ground.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.