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Rawingya repatriation: Burma needs more round-trip to check the list.
One Myanmar ministry has made it clear that the return of Rohingya migrants is being postponed and they need more to review the list presented by Bangladesh. Myanmar's Secretary of State for Social Affairs, Aid and Relocation, Win Myat Aye, said in an April 11-12 Radio Free Asia radio interview that he would visit Bangladesh to talk to the Bangladesh government about the delays in the return of migrants.
He said during his two-day trip he would be meeting Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and also visiting the Rohingya Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims escaped from the state of Rakhine and came to Bangladesh after being defeated by the army since 25 August last year.
Its 700,000 inhabitants make up a 1.1 million group. On 16 February, Bangladesh presented a list of 1,673 Rohingya family members (8,032 persons) to Myanmar's Minister of the Interior during his trip to Dhaka to initiate the first stage of the return of the forcibly expelled to their homes in the state of Rakhine.
However, Myanmar has only checked 711 persons from the list of 8,032 persons until last night. On 23 November 2017 Bangladesh Myanmar concluded a readmission treaty and then set up a joint working group with Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities on 19 December to ease and speed up the return of migrants. Speaking to Radio Free Asia, Myat Aye said the return had been postponed because the refuges had not completed the application form in accordance with the treaty between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Asked whether Myanmar would cooperate with UN organisations on the Rohingya question, the Minister said that his administration had already said in the Rohingya Return Convention with Bangladesh that it would cooperate with UN organisations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on this question if necessary.