Myanmar, Bangladesh ink deal on Rohingya return

Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement on the quick return of Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar.

The signing took place after Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi met Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Naypyidaw on Thursday.

A Bangladeshi official familiar with negotiations on the deal said the agreement calls for both nations to form a joint working group and begin repatriation proceedings within 2 months.

But the official added that the agreement does not have a deadline for completion of the return. This makes it unclear whether the agreement will lead to an early resolution of the Rohingya issue.

The United Nations estimates that more than 620,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh. They were escaping the fighting that erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in late August between Rohingya militants and government security forces.

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