Bangladesh is in negotiations with Myanmar aimed at hammering out a deal to repatriate thousands of persecuted displaced Rohingya Muslim refugees، the country’s Foreign Ministry says.
“Bangladesh and Myanmar are in the process of negotiation for a bilateral agreement for repatriation of displaced people and expect to form a Joint Working Group to facilitate the repatriation،” said a Foreign Ministry statement، quoting remarks by Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali at a meeting in the capital Dhaka on Sunday، according to PressTV.
Meanwhile، a senior aide to Bangladeshi foreign minister said he would leave for Myanmar late on Sunday to attend an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on Monday and Tuesday، adding that he would stay another couple of days for bilateral talks on the Rohingya refugees.
The unnamed aide expressed hope for an agreement on allowing Rohingya to return to Myanmar، saying، "Both countries have almost reached an understanding on this issue and there are a few points (still) to be agreed... We hope to reach an agreement."
Stung by international criticism and accusations of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims، Myanmar in early November said it was ready to set up a repatriation process. Myanmar's de facto leader، Aung San Suu Kyi، has said Rohingyas who can prove they were resident in Myanmar would be accepted back.
Suu Kyi، who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991، has so far done almost nothing to end the violence in Rakhine State despite increasing pressure from the international community.