Bangladesh, Myanmar to form 'working group' on refugee crisis

Bangladesh, Myanmar to form 'working group' on refugee crisis

Bangladesh, Myanmar to form 'working group' on refugee crisis

An online petition launched on Change.org that calls for the revocation of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's 1991 Nobel Peace Prize has already accrued 366,000 signatures, PressTV reported.

"We are looking forward to a peaceful solution to the crisis", said the top Bangladeshi diplomat following the talks.

Border security officials in Bangladesh say they were not involved with Myanmar's decision to strengthen its border.

The visit comes amid heightened global pressure on Myanmar to address accusations and evidence of deadly violence by the military against Rohingya Muslims in ravaged northern Rakhine state.

Jamalida is one of the thousands who fled Myanmar to escape the atrocities faced by Rohingya Muslims and are now seeking refuge in Bangladesh because they are unable to return to their homes.

The trouble erupted on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military crackdown.

Ali told reporters that the counties had agreed to form a joint working group to start work on repatriation.

Over the past few months, around 120 Rohingya refugees, many of them children, drowned while trying to reach Bangladesh in small fishing boats.

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Bangladesh's foreign minister said Monday that Myanmar "has made proposals for taking back Rohingya refugees".

Worldwide aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations.

They were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.

Annan's recommendations include restoration of citizenship of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

On Monday, they took foreign diplomats and United Nations representatives on a controlled tour in Rakhine.

Three groups of diplomats were taken to three different areas Monday, said Ye Htut, district administrator of Maungdaw in Rakhine.

Border affairs minister Lt-Gen said: "We have carried out what the diplomats requested of us and we have not hidden anything or set anything up".

Authorities have housed the refugees in a number of existing camps near the border, but the huge numbers and the sheer speed of the exodus have created acute needs, including food.

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