QRC aid to Rohingya in Bangladesh

Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Bangladesh and Myanmar officials agreed on Monday to a plan for the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled across the border to Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister Ali, briefing media persons later, disclosed about Myanmar's proposal to take back its nationals.

"Fruitful discussion was also held on security cooperation (in the meeting) when Bangladesh reiterated its zero tolerance policy against all sorts of terrorism", Ali said.

Ankara will provide college scholarships to 53 Rohingya students from Myanmar's troubled western Rakhine state, Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Çavuşoğlu said yesterday.

In Bangladesh, the refugees were skeptical on Tuesday about their chances of ever going back home to Myanmar despite a recent agreement between the two governments on a refugee repatriation process.

A group of foreign diplomats and United Nations agency heads participated in a tour of northern Rakhine State yesterday that was billed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi as an opportunity to learn the "real situation" in the conflict-stricken area.


Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alaam, PM's Principal Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and other high officials were present during the meeting.

Myanmar had around 1.1 million Rohingya before August 25 attacks by militants from the minority group sparked a massive security crackdown.

Many refugees are gloomy about the prospects of going back to Buddhist-majority Myanmar, fearing they will not be able to furnish the documents they anticipate the government will demand to prove they have a right to return. Having been in the region since Thursday, 29 September, he saw a WFP food distribution in an area adjacent to Kutupalong refugee camp, where hundreds of thousands of people have settled in makeshift shelters over the past month.

"We have referred implementation of the recommendation of the Kofi Annan Commission", said the foreign minister.

On occasions when the Rohingya village chief decides to leave, the whole hamlet will follow, emptying a village "in just a few hours". It allowed UNHCR to have free access to all refugee camps in day time.

Though Myanmar has not granted Rohingya citizenship, under the 1993 procedure, it agreed to take back people who could prove they had been Myanmar residents.

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