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Myanmar wants repatriation of 1,101 verified Rohingyas

  • Published at 02:51 pm May 18th, 2018
  • Last updated at 06:41 pm May 18th, 2018
Rohingya crisis 2017
File Photo: Rohingya refugees gathering to collect relief at the Balukhali Makeshift Refugee Camp as they are affected by Cyclone Mora in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh May 31, 2017 Reuters

Bangladesh wants Myanmar to ensure the safety and security of returnees

Myanmar has urged Bangladesh to start the repatriation process of 1,101 verified Rohingyas from a list of 8,032 persons Dhaka had handed over to Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar.

Bangladesh has emphasized the need for "verifiable concrete information" from Myanmar so it can be shared with the Rohingyas to encourage them to go back to their homeland in Rakhine state. 

Dhaka wants Naypyidaw to ensure the safety and security of returning refugees, the rebuilding of villages, access to livelihood, freedom of movement and so on, a Bangladeshi official said.

After the second joint working group (JWG) meeting in Dhaka on Thursday, Myanmar said they are ready to receive verified Rohingyas from Bangladesh, according to Myanmar media reports.

At the second meeting, both sides exchanged views on the repatriation process, safety and security for the prospective returnees, the current situation of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, dissemination of information among the returnees, and confidence building. 

Myanmar urged Bangladesh to provide information on its readiness to start the repatriation process, including the completion of transit camps on its side, promotion of awareness among prospective returnees on the bilateral agreements between the two countries and the agreed verification forms to be shared with them.

Both sides exchanged information on their respective preparations for starting the repatriation and implementation of bilateral agreements they signed. 

The JWG discussed relevant details about the involvement of UN agencies, particularly UNHCR and UNDP, in the repatriation process. Myanmar is in the process of reaching an agreement with the UNHCR.

The meeting elaborately discussed the issue of a National Verification Card (NVC).

Bangladesh sought clarification on the NVC process.

Myanmar assured that with the NVC card, which will be issued immediately upon return, the returnees will be able to pursue jobs in Rakhine, according to the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka.

Both sides agreed to start the repatriation soon and expressed their resolve to work together to remove obstacles to implement bilateral instruments for repatriation.

JWG’s third meeting will be held in Naypyidaw. The date and venue will be communicated through diplomatic channels.