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Talks on Rohingya return tomorrow

Published : Thursday, 15 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 40
Diplomatic Correspondent

Myanmar's Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe arrives in Dhaka today (Thursday) to hold talks with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on the repatriation of Myanmar nationals to their homeland and smuggling of Yaba.
He will be accompanied by the Chief of Myanmar Police, Secretary of Home, Secretary of Rehabilitation and seven other senior officials of the ministries concerned, according to the Foreign Ministry.
Sources said an "Agreement" on fencing boundary in the Myanmar's land section of north Naf River is likely to be signed during the minister-level talks scheduled to be held at state guesthouse Padma.
Two 'instruments' including a database of individual Rohingyas and an agency report on the situation of Rakhine state completed by the Myanmar government will be exchanged among the officials of Bangladesh and Myanmar, according to the Home Ministry.
"All these things will be discussed in line with the "Instrument of Ratification" of the "Agreement on demarcation of the land section of boundary north of the Naf River" concluded in 1998 and "Supplementary Protocol on the demarcation of a fixed boundary in the Naf River agreed in 2007," sources said.
 "Bangladesh will hand over a database of individual Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities for verification but Myanmar wanted a family-wise list. The Myanmar government will hand over the "Rakhaine State Report" to us, so it is understandable that what will happen with the Rohingya repatriation issue," they added.
Dhaka stressed on restoration of peace and stability in Rakhine as well as creating a congenial atmosphere so that the refugees sheltered in Cox's Bazar are encouraged to return home. "Stability, peace and development of Rakhine State are absolutely critical for entire Myanmar to become stable, peaceful and developed," says a Myanmar government report.
 "The current issues in Rakhine state are not only the concern of Rakhine State alone but also the concern of the country as a whole," says the report the Myanmar government and its agencies claimed.
A senior official of the Foreign Ministry said the repatriation is now under a serious threat as per the report of the Myanmar government agency. "We need to give more focus on the issue. So, this meeting is crucial one," he added.

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