Myanmar signs deal to return Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh
Nov 23, 2017 World 3222 By Collins Kelechi
- Myanmar signs deal to return Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.
- Agrees to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya.
- No further details provided.
Myanmar's foreign ministry has confirmed on Thursday that it has entered an agreement for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have settled in the border town of Cox's Bazar after fleeing violence in Rakhine State.
Myanmar government however failed to provide further details regarding the agreement especially with regards to its terms and the exact number of refugees it is taking back.
"We are ready to take them back as soon as possible after Bangladesh sends the forms back to us," said Myint Kyaing, a permanent secretary at Myanmar's immigration ministry, referring to registration forms the Rohingya must complete with personal details before repatriation.
The agreement comes after Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Bangladesh's foreign minister to resolve one of the biggest refugee crisis of modern times.
It has however not been a smooth journey towards arriving at this agreement as just last week Myanmar's military chief Min Aung Hlaing said it was "impossible to accept the number of persons proposed by Bangladesh".
The Rohingya crisis has led to over 620,000 Muslims fleeing violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar to Bangladesh.