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High-powered Myanmar team due July end

Published : Sunday, 14 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 856

A high-powered delegation from Myanmar will arrive in the capital by the end of this month to "motivate" the Rohingya people to go back to their homeland through giving them an understanding that the situation of Rakhaine State is liveable for them. "Myanmar's Foreign Minister will lead the team. They want to come here on July 26," an official of the
Foreign Ministry said.
He said the team will apprise the Rohingyas about the government initiative which was taken at Rakhaine State to make it liveable for the Rohingyas, The team will visit Cox's Bazar and wants to discuss various issues with the Rohingyas, according to the official.
"The team will sit with the Bangladesh's officials and international agencies and will stay 2 days in Cox's Bazar" he said.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine State in 2017.
A Joint Working Group (JWG) was formed to facilitate the repatriation of the Rohingyas, who were forcibly displaced from their homeland in Rakhine, after Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal in Naypyidaw on November 23 in 2017 stating that the repatriation would begin within two months.
The last JWG meeting held in Dhaka on October 30 in 2018 in respect of the beginning of the repatriation on November 15, could not go ahead because of Myanmar's failure to create conducive environment.
As per the deal, by January 22 in 2018, Myanmar was expected to create an environment for safe and sustainable return of the Rohingyas.
Despite preparations from both the countries, Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar camps refused to return in November last year, arguing that the conditions were not safe and secure, and that there was no guarantee for their citizenship and recognition as an ethnic group.
The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said the JWG held substantive discussions on issues related to safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar citizens.
According to the Foreign Ministry, earlier in a statement Bangladesh highlighted the need for deeper engagement between the Myanmar authorities and the prospective returnees with a view to convincing and motivating them.
To this effect, Bangladesh proposed that Myanmar delegations can visit Cox's Bazar to directly engage with the Rohingyas, it added.
Referring to a dispute on the eligibility of more than 2,000 prospective returnees from the first batch of verified Rohingyas, Bangladesh proposed hosting the first meeting on dispute settlement mechanism soon. Myanmar agreed to the proposal.

Bangladesh also highlighted the need for allowing greater engagement of the international community, including the ASEAN and other interested partners, in improving the ground situation in Rakhine State.

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