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3 November, 2018 12:45:49 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 3 November, 2018 11:04:33 AM
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India welcomes repatriation move

US for voluntary return
UNB, Dhaka
India welcomes 
repatriation move

India has welcomed the decision taken by Bangladesh and Myanmar to start the repatriation of Rohingyas, who belong to the Rakhine state, in mid-November. "We welcome the agreement which was reached between the Foreign Secretaries of Bangladesh and Myanmar," said spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar. Meanwhile, The United States has laid emphasis on voluntary return of Rohingyas as Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees in mid-November. On Tuesday, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on repatriation of the first batch of Rohingyas by mid-November.

The third foreign secretary-level JWG meeting, held at State guesthouse Meghna in the city on Tuesday, was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary Myint Thu of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and his Bangladesh counterpart Senior Secretary M Shahidul Haque of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A total of 2,260 Rohingyas of 485 families will be repatriated in the first phase as Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin their repatriation in mid-November, said a senior official in Dhaka. Permanent Secretary of Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myint Thu, however, said that they have verified about 5,000 Rohingyas."Once the movement of people starts, I think, it's a good beginning.

We hope that this process can gather momentum as confidence grows in the environment in Rakhine state for the safe,

speedy and sustainable return of the displaced people,” said the MEA spokesperson in a media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday. And this is something which they said in the past as well that they are in favour of safe, speedy and sustainable return of the displaced people from Bangladesh to Myanmar, he explained.

“I think it’s important also to note that India has been working both in Bangladesh to provide humanitarian aid to meet the needs of the displaced and in Myanmar to create the conditions so the people who are being repatriated back to Myanmar, they get proper socio-economic conditions for a favorable return to the place where they belong to,” said Raveesh Kumar.

The joint working group members from both sides, including Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, visited Rohingya camps on Wednesday and talked to Rohingya representatives.

Rohingyas, however, said they will not go back to their place of origin in Rakhine if their basic rights, including citizenship and housing facilities, are not provided.

Speaking on the Rohingya repatriation issue, Deputy Spokesperson at US Department Robert Palladino told reporters at a press briefing in Washington,”We continue to call for accountability for those that were responsible, and we would look closely at any plans to ensure that it is in fact voluntary.”

He said it is important to them that their efforts remain focused on steps that would improve the situation for the Rohingya refugees and to hold accountable all those responsible for this.

“And our goal here is to ease human suffering and to address the root causes of conflict, violence, and abuse,” the official said on Thursday.

A total of 2,260 Rohingyas of 485 families will be repatriated in the first phase as Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin their repatriation in mid-November, said a senior official here.

Permanent Secretary of Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Myint Thu, however, said that they have verified about 5,000 Rohingyas.

The joint working group members from both sides, including Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, visited Rohingya camps on Wednesday and talked to Rohingya representatives.

Rohingyas, however, said they will not go back to their place of origin in Rakhine if their basic rights, including citizenship and housing facilities, are not provided.

On Tuesday, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to begin the repatriation of the first batch of Rohingyas by mid-November.

The third foreign secretary-level JWG meeting, held at State guesthouse Meghna in the city, was co-chaired by Permanent Secretary Myint Thu of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and his Bangladesh counterpart Senior Secretary M ShahidulHaque of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After the third foreign secretary-level JWG meeting held at State guesthouse Meghna in the capital, Myanmar Permanent Secretary Myint Thu said they had a very friendly and candid meeting and came up with the “very concrete results” on the commencement of the repatriation.

“We’ve shown our political will, flexibility, and accommodation in order to commence the repatriation at the earliest possible dates,” he said.

The Myanmar official claimed they have streamlined lots of local directives to promote awareness on repatriation among the returnees. “We’re also promoting public policy which includes police personnel together with the local communities to maintain and promote law and order,” he said adding that they are also promoting awareness on the fundamental principles so that people can get access to justice system if they encounter any issue.

Bangladesh and Myanmar formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) on December 2017 to start the repatriation of Rohingya refugees by January 23, 2018. In May, the Myanmar side urged the Bangladesh side to start the repatriation of the earlier verified 778 Muslims and 444 Hindus.


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