Rakhine refugee repa­tri­a­tion may start by mid-Novem­ber

The Myanmar Times - - News - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

THE repa­tri­a­tion of refugees who fled from Rakhine State to Bangladesh may start in mid-Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to a Myan­mar Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of­fi­cial.

U Aung Kyaw Zan, deputy per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs, said on Tues­day that Myan­mar and Bangladesh of­fi­cials met for the third time in Dhaka on Mon­day to dis­cuss ways to ex­pe­dite the repa­tri­a­tion, though the out­come of the talks were not an­nounced.

The meeting was co-chaired by Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs U Myint Thu and his Bangladeshi coun­ter­part, Se­nior Sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs M Shahidul Haque.

Ac­cord­ing to the Bangladeshi of­fi­cial, Bangladesh and Myan­mar agreed to repa­tri­ate the first group of refugees by mid-Novem­ber.

Over 700,000 refugees have fled from north­ern Rakhine to Bangladesh since the Tat­madaw (mil­i­tary) launched a bru­tal crack­down in re­sponse to deadly at­tacks on se­cu­rity out­posts in the area by the Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army in Au­gust last year.

Myan­mar and Bangladesh signed the Ar­range­ment on Re­turn of Dis­placed Per­sons from Rakhine State last Novem­ber. One of the pro­vi­sions of the agree­ment is that ac­tion will not be taken against the re­turnees ex­cept in cases that in­volve ter­ror­ism.

Bangladeshi For­eign Min­is­ter AH Mahmood Ali said last week that Bangladesh hopes the first batch of 8000 refugees will be able to re­turn to Rakhine soon.

The Myan­mar govern­ment said that more than 5000 of the over 8000 names sub­mit­ted for repa­tri­a­tion by Bangladesh have been ver­i­fied as cit­i­zens. U Aung Kyaw Zan said Myan­mar would not repa­tri­ate un­ver­i­fied refugees.

Myan­mar has urged Bangladesh to start repa­tri­at­ing 2223 refugees ver­i­fied ear­lier, ac­cord­ing to the So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Re­set­tle­ment Min­istry.

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