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Rohingya repatriation can no way begin from Tuesday: Official

21 January 2018,Sunday, 23:19



Rohingya repatriation will take more time to start as preparatory works are yet to finish though Myanmar side says repatriation begins on Tuesday, UNB reports.

“Rohingya repatriation will take place. It’s possible to start at any time once urgent works related to repatriation are finished,” said convener of technical committee on repatriation and Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Repatriation Commissioner M Abul Kalam.

He said the repatriation of Rohingyas can no way begin from Tuesday as there are many tasks to accomplish. “Meanwhile, it’s not such a task that can start immediately.”

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in Dhaka also said he will not tell any date but the repatriation process has already started with the signing of physical arrangement.

On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate return of Rohingays to their homeland from Bangladesh.

The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation would be completed preferably within two years from the commencement of repatriation.

Foreign Ministry officials in Dhaka said verification and return of Rohingyas will be based on considering the family as a unit and Bangladesh and Myanmar also finalised the ‘form’ for verification.

The modalities for the repatriation of orphans and children born out of unwarranted incidence have been incorporated in the said arrangement.

“The verification form will be distributed among all Rohingya families. The forms will be then handed over to Myanmar authority for scrutiny. Myanmar will send back the forms to Bangladesh after scrutiny,” an official told UNB indicating that the full-scale repatriation might take some time.

Each Rohingya family members will have to provide a number of information including names, gender, birthplace, name of mother and father, date of birth, address in Myanmar, profession, signs, number of family members and a group family photo.

Under the ‘Physical Arrangement’ Bangladesh will establish five transit camps from which returnees would be received initially in two reception centers on Myanmar side.

Myanmar will shelter the returnees in a temporary accommodation at the Hla Pho Khung and expeditiously rebuild the houses for the returnees to move in there.

Myanmar will consider resettling the people staying at the zero line on a priority basis, according to the agreement.

 

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