Muhith doubts Rohingya repatriation


PV Desk : Finance Minister AMA Muhith has doubted Myanmar’s pledge to take back its citizens, who have fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine state.
“The foreign ministry has signed a deal with Myanmar to send back the Rohingyas, but we have doubts over its implementation,” Muhith said on Wednesday.
On Nov 23, an arrangement was signed in the Myanmar capital between the two countries, after which the foreign ministry said that it was agreed that a ‘joint working group’ will be formed in three weeks to start the repatriation within two months.
“A specific bilateral instrument (physical arrangement) for repatriation will be concluded in a speedy manner,” the ministry said.
Some 625,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the Rakhine state in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar since security forces responded to Rohingya militants’ attacks on Aug 25 by launching a crackdown.