Bangladesh hands refugee list to Myanmar to begin repatriation

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Hasina said the longer the Rohingyas stay in Bangladesh, the likelier it is for them to create security issues because "when people remain frustrated and have no work, they could easily indulged in militancy".

The two countries originally agreed to begin the repatriations last month, but they were delayed by concerns among aid workers and Rohingya that they would be forced to return and face unsafe conditions in Myanmar. Kalam said their return must be voluntary under the terms of a November agreement.

"We will know what kind of cooperation they want once we reach there", he told AFP.

"There was a dispute about who will verify them".

A video circulated on social media last week showed Myanmar's deputy minister for home affairs Aung Soe addressing the refugees through a barbed-wire fence. Grandi also said Rohingyas are still fleeing Myanmar.

"They tell us that we should leave this place or else they will shoot us", said Rashid Ahmed, 32.

A Rohingya refugee child, carrying another child, walks along a bridge from no-man's land to Bangladesh, at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 12, 2018.

The EU must reconsider its relationship with Myanmar and develop new policies based on incentives and disincentives in each sector, as well as robust conditions, they said in a press statement.

UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo on Monday said the United Nations is working with much importance to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis. The two made a decision to send a mission to the border strip on Tuesday.

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Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the crackdown that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

The "Physical Arrangement" stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from its start.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan gave the list of 8032 refugees who have been cleared by the Bangladeshi side to his Myanmar counterpart Lt Gen Kyaw Swe, who visited Dhaka last week.

However, the repatriation of Rohingyas may take further time as the verification of the first-batch list of Rohingyas "depends on Myanmar" as there is no specific timeframe to complete it. The Rohingyas have always been treated as outsiders in Myanmar, even though their families have lived in the country for generations.

A spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which will not be involved in the talks, said the agency was concerned the Rohingya may be forcibly returned toMyanmar without due consideration for their safety.

"Some members of this group in no man's land have said they fear returning home and wish to seek safety in Bangladesh", Caroline Gluck said.

Suan said Myanmar and Bangladesh have made significant progress in their bilateral efforts for repatriation of displaced persons.

As initial step, Myanmar will receive 300 returnees (150 returnees per centre) a day to ensure smooth and safe return.

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