Myanmar agrees to take back Rohingyas

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PV Desk : Myanmar yesterday agreed to take back over half a million of its forcibly displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh as it opened talks with Dhaka sending a senior representative of its de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Myanmar has proposed to take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh,” Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told newsmen emerging from an over one hour and 15 minutes meeting with Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of Myanmar Kyaw Tint Swe at the state guest house of Padma in the capital.

He added that the two sides agreed on forming a joint working group to oversee the repatriation process while its composition would be decided by both the countries.

During the meeting, which Ali said was held “in a peaceful manner”, Bangladesh handed over the Myanmar representative a proposed agreement for facilitating the repatriation process.

The minister said Dhaka also suggested implementation of Annan Commission report for peaceful resolution of the crisis.

“Fruitful discussion was also held on security cooperation (in the meeting) when Bangladesh reiterated its zero tolerance policy against all sorts of terrorism,” Ali said.