Dhaka, Oct 2: After witnessing controversies across the world, Myanmar on Monday proposed to take back the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, according to Media.
Kyaw Tint Swe, a Minister in the office of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, came up with the offer during a conversation with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali here, Daily Star reported.
During an hour long, both countries also agreed to form a joint working committee to resolve the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
Foreign Minister Ali,addressing later, revealed about Myanmar’s proposal to take back its nationals.
“Talks were held in a peaceful manner,” Minister Ali said post meeting at state guest house Padma. “Myanmar proposed to take back the Rohingyas from Bangladesh.”
Under a global pressure, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her speech last month, had spoken of taking back of its nationals, but said Myanmar would conduct a process of verification.
In today’s meeting, Bangladesh proposed signing a bilateral pact for the repatriation process and handed over a draft to the Myanmar delegation, the Minister added.
When asked about the beginning of the processs, Ali said “One meeting cannot solve all the issues. The joint working group has to be formed first. Both sides will propose names. We are moving it fast.”
Responding to question that how long it would take to form the joint panel was, “Very soon.”
Ali said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will pay visit to Myanmar soon, Dhaka Tribune reported.
“The Home Minister will discuss with the Myanmar government regarding border security and border management issue,” he said adding that four Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) are anticipated to be signed during the visit.
Home Minister Khan Kamal, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office, state minister for foreign affairs, Foreign Secretary and other high officials attended the meeting.
More than half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since the military crackdown begun in the Myanmar border state of Rakhine.