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Bangladesh urges repatriation of Rohingyas to Myanmar

Dhaka also urged expeditious verification of eligibility for return, security, livelihood and wellbeing of the returnees.

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Dhaka: Bangladesh on Tuesday called upon Myanmar for early commencement of repatriation of Rohingya people. 

Dhaka also urged expeditious verification of eligibility for return, security, livelihood and wellbeing of the returnees.

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Bangladesh said these at the fifth virtual meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on the Repatriation of displaced people of Rakhine State of Myanmar temporarily sheltered here, the foreign ministry said.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Myanmar Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs U Chan Aye represented the respective sides.

The JWG held substantive discussions on all issues related to voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the displaced people to their homeland.

Both sides agreed to work on addressing verification related problems and holding regular meetings of JWG and Technical Working Group for early commencement of repatriation, the ministry added. 

On December 19, 2017, the JWG consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was subsequently formed to start repatriating displaced Rohingyas. The JWG held its first meeting on January 15 next year in Naypiydaw, Myanmar.

Since August 25 in 2017, Bangladesh has been hosting over 1.2 million forcefully displaced Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there after a military crackdown by Myanmar, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and other rights groups dubbed as “genocide”.

Myanmar, however, is yet to return a single Rohingya in the last nearly five years while repatriation attempts failed twice due to trust deficit among the Rohingyas about their safety and security in Rakhine state.

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