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Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Myanmar proposes to take back the Rohingya

Myanmar proposes to take back the Rohingya

A US-based organisation supporting the cause of Rohingya have welcomed comments by two Sri Lankan ministers who condemned last week's violence directed against a United Nations safe house for 31 refugees near Colombo. The UN says more than 14,100 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition in wretched camps where half a million mainly Rohingya refugees depend entirely on charities for survival.

Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal military crackdown into Bangladesh in recent weeks.

The commission presented its recommendations on August 24, a day before the insurgent attacks sparked the latest crisis, among them a review of a law that links citizenship and ethnicity and leaves most Rohingya stateless.

Myanmar denies the Rohingya minority citizenship even though many have lived there for generations.

Bangladesh will nominate its representative to the Joint Working Group Myanmar will give theirs to make it functional, minister said terming it a start of the repatriation of Rohingya.

Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for Office of the State Counsellor, who led a three-member delegation to a meeting in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, made the proposal Monday to begin the process for repatriation.

According to him, both sides chose to form a joint working group soon which will draw up plans for the repatriation process or Rohingya refugees.

Asked if there was any timeframe fixed for forming the joint working group, the minister evaded a direct answer saying "the process has started" but said Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan would "soon visit Myanmar to discuss the issue".

The head of the United Nations' food-assistance agency on Sunday urged the global community to step up its support for the relief operation for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh or risk "a massive catastrophic disaster". Bangladesh has repeatedly urged Myanmar to repatriate them.

Myanmar says more than 500 people have been killed in the latest violence, majority rebels. At the same time, Bangladesh has been pushing Myanmar to take back the refugees.

It remains unclear where the Rohingya would go if they were returned to Myanmar - many of their villages have been burned down in a military operation which the United Nations has called a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing".

"And Bangladesh has proposed (signing) a bilateral agreement for executing the repatriation process".

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