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Myanmar Agrees to UN Agency Plan For Repatriating Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar has agreed to a United Nations refugee agency initiative for repatriating some of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to Bangladesh during a military crackdown, a process that has raised concerns over the safety and treatment of those who return voluntarily, a Myanmar government official said Friday.The United Nations Development Programme and U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) submitted a concept paper outlining plans for the repatriation of the refugees to the Myanmar government on March 9, said Myint Thu, permanent secretary of Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.“The Myanmar government, the UNDP, and the UNHCR have been planning to sign a memorandum of understanding on the repatriation of refugees in Bangladesh,” he told RFA’s Myanmar Service. “We will let them work together with us on the repatriation and resettlement process.”Though the terms of the memorandum are is still being hammered out, the two U.N. agencies will work with Myanmar according to the mandate laid out in the document, Myint Thu said.…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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