Bangladesh to send names’ list to form joint working group with Myanmar to repatriate Bengalis

EMG reporter
Bengalis queue up for relief supplies at a refugee camp in Bangladesh on November 1. (Photo-AFP)

Bangladesh will send a list of names to form a joint working group with Myanmar during this week in order to repatriate Bengalis, AH Mahmood Ali, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, said on October 31.

“Our main aim is to repatriate the refugees getting to Bangladesh,” AH Mahmood Ali told the reporters, adding that he hoped the repatriation process might start during November.

Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to form the joint working group to supervise repatriation and resettlement in November during this year.

The United Nations affirmed that the number of Bengali refugees fleeing to Bangladesh was about 600,000 as Myanmar’s Tamadaw carried out area clearance operations in response to the terrorist attacks launched by ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists on August 25.

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met with Asaduzzaman Khan, Minister for Home Affairs of Bangladesh at her office in Nay Pyi Taw on October 25. Both sides focused on amicable settlement on matters relating to border security and prevalence of law and order.

Moreover, the Bangladeshi delegation led by Asaduzzaman Khan, Minister for Home Affairs of Bangladesh attended the ministerial meeting on cooperation enhancement in border security and prevalence of law and order. The meeting agreed on 10 points to carry out cooperation between the two countries. After the meeting the joint-press conference followed.

The officials of Myanmar and Bangladesh signed MoUs on security sector discussion and establishment of border relations offices.

At the invitation of AH Mahmood Ali, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Kyaw Tin Swe, Minister for State Counsellor Office visited Bangladesh for three days. Kyaw Tint Swe and AH Mahmood Ali held a meeting and spotlighted matters relating to the settlement on those living in Rakhine fleeing into Bangladesh.

Kyaw Tint Swe reaffirmed Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarks mentioned on September 19, “Myanmar is poised to scrutinize the refugees and start the repatriation process.”

 Myanmar would follow the provisions contained in the joint declaration issued by the foreign ministers from both countries. Myanmar has accepted 46,993 households with 236,495 refugees from September of 1992.  Myanmar believes that the problems would have to be amicably settled for the sake of bilateral interests.

The Bangladeshi foreign minister said that Bangladesh placed an emphasis on existing goodwill and mutual friendship with Myanmar and would like to maintain it. Bangladesh regarded the ARSA as a common enemy of Myanmar and Bangladesh. Bangladesh is practicing non-violence policy.  

Translated by Win Htut