Refugee return dependent on agreement with Bangladesh


Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan. Photo: Asaduzzaman Khan/Facebook

Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine Vice-Chairman Dr. Win Myat Aye said that they would receive back refugees who had fled immediately as soon as they had an reached agreement with Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan who will come to Myanmar in the last week of October.

The two countries agreed to receive those who were fleeing to Bangladesh after violent attacks in northern Rakhine under a 1992/93 agreement reached between the two countries.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan is coming to Myanmar on October 23 in order to discuss with his counterpart some points concerning the repatriation of these refugees.

Dr. Win Myat Aye said, “We heard that Bangladesh had sent her representatives for renegotiation on the repatriation of refugees but I don’t know what their proposals are in detail. We will receive these refugees immediately as soon as we have reached an agreement with them in the last week of October.”

He added that Myanmar was ready to implement a repatriation plan after the Myanmar government had reached agreement with Bangladesh though the results of negotiation that cannot be predicted.

Reportedly, the Rakhine State Government is compiling a detailed list of people who fled to Bangladesh for repatriation by visiting Bangladesh although they have a previous list of those people.

Similarly Defence Services Commander in Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that receiving Bengalis was subject to verification and also to the outcome of negotiations with the Bangladesh government.

Minister of the State Counsellor Office Kyaw Tint Swe visited Dhaka, Bangladesh earlier and he agreed the repatriation of these refugees to Myanmar during this tour. 

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