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Bangladesh-Myanmar meeting in progress; Rohingya issue high on agenda

Sun Online Desk     16th February, 2018 05:56:19 printer

Bangladesh-Myanmar meeting in progress; Rohingya issue high on agenda

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Bangladesh and Myanmar sat in a ministerial-level meeting at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Friday with a special focus on Rohingya issue.


Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and his Myanmar counterpart Lt Gen Kyaw Swe are leading their respective sides at the meeting that began around 3:10pm.


The agenda which will be discussed at the meeting include repatriation of Rohingyas, prevention of Yaba influx and three other deals.


At the meeting, Bangladesh will hand over the list of Rohingyas for their safe repatriation and discuss the issue of ensuring security of the Myanmar nationals after repatriation.


The parties will also discuss the combined operations on both sides of the border to check the rapid spread of Yaba.


The three deals included in the agenda are: Meetings among the heads of the police forces of both the countries and the chiefs of border guards on current situation after every three or six months, setting up Border Liaison Office in a bid to take instant actions to solve any problem and demarcation of the Na’f River.


Bangladesh is likely to hand over a list of Rohingyas with family units to start the first batch of repatriation after necessary verification, an official informed, reports UNB.


On Thursday, President Abdul Hamid urged Myanmar to take steps so that the displaced Rohingyas can return to their homeland in Rakhine with dignity and safety.


He also requested them to create a congenial atmosphere and build confidence in this regard.


President Hamid came up with the call when a seven-member delegation, led by Myanmar Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe, met him at Bangabhaban in the evening.


 During the meeting, the President laid emphasis on the implementation of Kofi Annan Commission’s recommendation to end the Rohingya crisis.


 On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on 'Physical Arrangement' which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.


 The 'Physical Arrangement' stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.


 A ‘joint-working group’ has already been formed following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) titled 'arrangement on return of displaced persons from the Rakhine estate' was signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation process.


 Bangladesh hoped that the Myanmar government would take initiatives to rebuild their houses as well as give back their property, including arable land, shops and business centres, immediately after their return.


 Myanmar Home Minister Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe earlier said his country is ready to start the repatriation process of Rohingyas and a reception camp has already been set up in this regard.


 He said their government will implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission gradually.