Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees ‘within two years’

Published January 16, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mr. Fu

By AFP

Yangon – Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya displaced by an army crackdown “within two years,’’ Dhaka said Tuesday, outlining the first clear timeline for a return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The agreement says the process will be “completed preferably within 2 (two) years from the commencement of repatriation,’’ according to a statement from the Bangladeshi government following talks in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

The deal applies to Rohingya who fled Myanmar in two major outbreaks of violence since October, 2016, when militants from the stateless Muslim minority first attacked border-guard posts in northern Rakhine state.

 
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