Myanmar inches toward repatriation

Myanmar inches toward repatriation

This April 25 picture taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state shows Rohingya refugees gather April 25 in a barbed-wire enclosure at a temporary settlement in a 'no man's land' border zone opposite Maungdaw district of Myanmar. (AFP photo)
This April 25 picture taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state shows Rohingya refugees gather April 25 in a barbed-wire enclosure at a temporary settlement in a 'no man's land' border zone opposite Maungdaw district of Myanmar. (AFP photo)

Myanmar is ready to receive all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh who want to return, according to senior government officials. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said the minister in charge of the repatriation and resettlement programme.

And one obstacle -- an agreement -- between the UN and Myanmar is close to being signed, which may allow a speedy start to the repatriation process.

"We are ready, we have been ready since the bilateral agreement came into force at the start of this year, and we are still ready to receive the refugees," Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's social welfare mister told the Bangkok Post. The hold up, he insisted, contrary to international perceptions was on the Bangladesh side.

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Larry Jagan

Former BBC World Service News Editor

Larry Jagan is a specialist on Myanmar and a former BBC World Service News Editor for the region.

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