Myanmar and Bangladesh officials will meet in Dhaka on Monday for the third time to try to expedite the repatriation of refugees who fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh.
Ambassador U Hau Do Suan, Myanmar’s permanent representative to the UN, said the two-day meeting in Dhaka is the result of an informal meeting between Myanmar, Bangladesh and China last month on resolving the refugee crisis.
“Myanmar is now undertaking with high priority preparations for the safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation of the people who fled to Bangladesh,” said U Hau Do Suan.
U Ko Ko Naing, director general of the Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Ministry, who will attend Monday’s meeting, said the repatriation date may be fixed after the two-day meeting.
He said Myanmar has been ready for the repatriation and resettlement of the returnees since January.
Myanmar and Bangladesh signed the Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State in November 2017. One of the provisions of the agreement was that no action would be taken against the returnees except in cases involving terrorism.