1992 deal is path to Rohingya solution: US

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Marcia Bernicat

PV Desk : US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat has said the 1992 deal of Rohingya repatriation can have additional characteristics considering the changed situation.
“It is the two governments to decide,” he told bdnews24.com on the sidelines of an event in Dhaka on Saturday, two days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke with Myanmar’s army chief by phone.
Tillerson had urged the army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, allowing safe return of ethnic Rohingyas, according to the 1992 Joint Statement with Bangladesh and ‘without further conditions’.
Bangladesh, earlier, pointed to the changed situation and said the 1992 rules would “not be realistic” now.
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, however, told bdnews24.com that the 1992 agreement can serve as the ‘principal base’ of repatriation discussions.
“Obviously things have changed since 1992,” Bernicat said.