Health Desk:13 January 2018: Bangladesh and Myanmar are likely to finalize an agreement on the ‘physical arrangement’ on Monday to start the repatriation of Rohingyas from Bangladesh to Myanmar.
A 14-member Bangladesh delegation, led by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, will leave Dhaka for Myanmar capital on Sunday to attend the first meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG), UNB reports.
Despite challenges, Bangladesh officials said, they are on tracks in terms of timeframe mentioned in the bilateral document signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on November 23.
Meanwhile, Japanese's Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Friday urged Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to guarantee the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in troubled Rakhine state.
Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees on November 23, and Myanmar said it would start the process by January 23. The exact numbers and extent of the repatriation is still unclear.
India recently announced a development assistance of $25 million for Myanmar’s Rakhine State, from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims recently fled their homeland amid violence against them.