Working groups for Rohingya repatriation talks Tuesday

Working groups for Rohingya repatriation talks Tuesday

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Bangladesh and Myanmar will hold talks here on Tuesday morning to finalise the formation of a joint working group to start the repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh.

A delegation, led by Myanmar’s Permanent Secretary Myint Thu arrived, here on Monday evening to attend the meeting.

Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and his Myanmar counterpart Myint Thu will lead Bangladesh and Myanmar delegations respectively at the meeting. The meeting will start at 8:45am at State guesthouse Meghna.

Representatives from relevant ministries, including Home and Disaster Management, will attend the meeting.

Meanwhile, an inter-ministerial meeting as part of preparation for Tuesday’s meeting was held at the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

The meeting discussed the formation of working group and its structure.

Earlier, Bangladesh conveyed to the United Nations that a joint working group on Rohingya repatriation would soon be formed under the terms and conditions of the bilateral arrangement between Bangladesh and Myanmar signed on November 23.

The joint working group was supposed to be in place within three weeks of signing the ‘Arrangement’ on return of Rohingyas.

A specific bilateral instrument (physical arrangement) for repatriation will be concluded in a speedy manner, officials said.

An estimated 655,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 25, raising the total Rohingya population in Cox’s Bazar to 867,000, said the UN migration agency on Sunday.

It said the new arrivals are living in spontaneous settlements increasing the need for humanitarian assistance, including shelter, food, clean water, and sanitation.

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