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03 October 2017, 02:25 | Rufus Hill
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Bangladesh will nominate its representative to the Joint Working Group Myanmar will give theirs to make it functional, minister said terming it a start of the repatriation of Rohingya. Three groups of diplomats were taken to various places in the conflict-torn state. He did not provide details on the diplomats' nationalities. Buddhist monk was arrested over the allegations of threatening a group of Rohingya Muslims refugees who were residing in a United Nations run safe house last week.
Myanmar has come under global criticism for barring aid groups, journalists and other outsiders from independently travelling to the region to see the situation there.
More than half a million Rohingya have fled from the region to Bangladesh in just over a month, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades.
Bangladesh will focus on those five proposals in talks in Dhaka on Monday with Myanmar government official Kyaw Tint Swe, in particular the sustainable return of the refugees, a Bangladeshi foreign ministry official said.
Ali told reporters that the counties had agreed to form a joint working group to start work on repatriation.
"What Bangladesh has been saying is that we want to settle this issue peacefully and both countries have agreed to that".
It was unclear whether Myanmar would place restrictions on which refugees would be allowed to return home.
The status of Rohingya in Myanmar remains unsettled where they are denied citizenship and classified as illegal immigrants. Meanwhile, Kwe, like other Myanmar government spokespersons, declined to speak to the media, according to Reuters.
Sri Lankan police said Sunday they have arrested six people in their hunt for a mob led by Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees last week.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly last month, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar.
The latest influx of refugees began on August 25 when Myanmar's military launched a crackdown in the northern Rakhine State over alleged terrorist attacks on its police outposts.
Myanmar blames the insurgents for attacks on civilians and for setting most of the fires that have reduced more than half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rakhine to ashes.
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