Myanmar makes offer to take back Rohingya refugees

Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

"The discussions were held in a friendly atmosphere and Burma, has proposed to take back the refugees the rohingya", said Mahmood Ali.

His remarks echo those of State Counsellor and Burma's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

However, no timeframe for the programme has yet been put forward.

Rohingya-majority Rakhine State has been emptied of half of its Muslim population over the past weeks and more people are on the move as unspeakable acts continue against the Rohingya.

Rights groups, nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations have accused the Myanmar military of committing crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in northern Rakhine amid numerous reports by Rohingya of security forces indiscriminately killing civilians, burning villages, torturing people, and raping women during two crackdowns following the ARSA attacks.

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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.

Myanmar officials claim violence broke out after Rohingya insurgents attacked dozens of police posts and an army base.

Up to 60 percent of the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are estimated to be children, he said. On Monday morning, the diplomats were taken to Anaut Pyin village of Rathedaung township, a community of Rohingya Muslims who have not fled, said local police officer Moe Zaw.

Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya burmese people are now refugees, has made proposals to return them to Burma.

A Myanmar minister on Monday proposed taking back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, said Bangladesh's top diplomat.

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Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs.

Asked if the Myanmar minister was honest about resolving the crisis, a senior official at the foreign ministry said he appeared fully aware of the situation and did not go for any arguments or countering the allegations.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in a news release that it was alarmed by the attack.

"It is an approach that welcomes Hindu refugees from India's neighbouring countries, but shuts the door on Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, in the name of national security", he wrote in an article.

For a "poor" country like Bangladesh to allow such a huge number of refugees to enter its soil is a big thing as it is nowhere capable of giving proper shelter, food and clothing to so many refugees who have left their homeland to avoid violence and persecution.

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