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Rohingya repatriation: Myanmar delegation arrives in Teknaf for discussion

The 14-member delegation from Myanmar arrived in a cargo trawler at Teknaf-Myanmar Transit Jetty of Teknaf Municipality Jaliapara around 9am

Update : 25 May 2023, 05:46 PM

A Myanmar delegation reached Teknaf in Cox's Bazar to discuss with the Rohingyas about possible repatriation.

A 14-member delegation from Myanmar arrived in a cargo trawler at Teknaf-Myanmar Transit Jetty of Teknaf Municipality Jaliapara around 9am on Thursday.

During this time, Mohammad Shamsud Douza, additional refugee relief and repatriation commissioner of Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC) and other government officials exchanged greetings with the delegation. 

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Myanmar's delegation was led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Maungdu Regional Director Aung Myew.

Shamsud Douza said: "A delegation of 14 people from Myanmar has come to discuss with the Rohingyas in view of possible repatriation. Apart from this, two members of the Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka were also present. They will participate in the meeting with the Rohingyas in the camp.”

In this regard, 16-APBN Additional Superintendent of Police Main Uddin Chowdhury said: "We have ensured the security of the Myanmar delegation." 

They will talk to the Rohingyas at Shalbagan camp in Teknaf, he said. 

Rohingya leader Khin Mong said: "Myanmar representatives have come to the camp, many Rohingyas are demanding for safe and permanent repatriation. We want safe and permanent repatriation.”

Meanwhile, efforts are currently underway to start repatriation through the mediation of China. As part of this, a 17-member delegation led by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maungdu Regional Director Aung Myew visited Bangladesh on March 15. At that time, after verifying the information of about 500 Rohingyas from 147 families in seven days, they returned on March 22.

Besides, a delegation of Rohingyas went to Rakhine State on May 5 to check the conditions there before a possible repatriation process can start for the refugees who fled Myanmar and took refuge in Bangladesh.

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