Hasina urges Myanmar for early repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

Hasina urges Myanmar for early repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

Since a year ago, almost 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar - more than half the population of Rakhine state.

Mr Ali is making an official visit to Myanmar after attending the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' meeting, at the invitation of the Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday met with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali in Naypyitaw. "We are ready to take them back as soon as possible after Bangladesh sends the forms back to us", said Myint Kyaing, a permanent secretary at Myanmar's Ministry of Labour, referring to the registration forms the Rohingya must fill in with personal details.

"It's not a situation that is completely under her authority, but certainly we are counting on her to show leadership and also to work through the civilian government with the military to address the crisis", a senior United States official told reporters in a conference call.

"The key test of any democracy is how it treats its most vulnerable and marginalized populations, such as the ethnic Rohingya and other minority populations", Tillerson said.

Impoverished and overcrowded, Bangladesh won global praise for allowing the refugees into the country, but has imposed restrictions on their movements and said it does not want them to stay.

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Diplomatic sources in Dhaka said that though Myanmar signed the bilateral instrument amid global pressure, the arrangement doesn't cover some vital issues such as involvement of the United Nations in the repatriation process. They also questioned why Bangladesh agreed to such terms and conditions.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has changed his position regarding the Myanmar government's actions against the predominantly Muslim Rohingya people, branding it as "ethnic cleansing".

Under that agreement, Rohingya were required to present residency documents, which few have, before being allowed to return to Myanmar.

USA officials reject the notion of waning U.S. leadership on issues like the Rohingya.

"We estimate there are more than 190,000 women and girls [in the camps] who increasingly are encountering a lack of access to gender-based services", says Bernard Coquelin, UNFPA's humanitarian lead in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where he was reached in a call arranged by the UN Foundation in Washington.

"I don't trust the Myanmar Government".

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While repeating USA condemnation of the insurgent attacks, he added: "No provocation can justify the horrendous atrocities that have ensued".

Even in his later statement, condemning the actions by "some among the Burmese military" as "ethnic cleansing", Tillerson confirmed that the U.S. will stand by its decision to support the Myanmar government in the resolution of the crisis.

Bangladesh had seen influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar also in 1978, 1991 and 2016.

"With full rights like any other Myanmar nationals", said Abdur Rahim, 52, who was a teacher at a government-run school in Buthidaung in Rakhine state before fleeing across the border.

Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate measures such as using makeshift rafts to cross the Naf River to escape to Bangladesh on Friday.

Ms. Suu Kyi's office called Thursday's agreement a "win-win situation for both countries", saying the issue should be "resolved amicably through bilateral negotiations".

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