Myanmar Rejects Rohingya Refugee Visit to Rakhine to Inspect Conditions for Repatriation

Myanmar has rejected a Chinese offer to facilitate a visit by Rohingya refugees to its Rakhine state to investigate the situation there ahead of a possible repatriation from camps in Bangladesh, a senior Myanmar foreign ministry official confirmed Thursday.

Government had never agreed to the offer and was waiting for Bangladesh to “allow” the refugees to return to the border, whereupon they would be accepted following individual assessments. BenarNews is affiliated with RFA.

“We never agreed to their suggestion, even though the media reported it as a formal proposal, and our position has not changed,” he said, calling the offer “one-sided.”

“We will stick to the bilateral agreement to accept returning refugees after they are assessed … We can’t do anything, as the other side hasn’t allowed the refugees to return yet. We have made all the necessary preparations for repatriation, but it will work only if we have the cooperation from the other side. .................

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