Myanmar makes offer to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar makes offer to take back Rohingya refugees

`Thousands of Rohingya have fled the country for Bangladesh in recent weeks

Monday, October 2, 2017

The government in Myanmar has reportedly made an offer to take back Rohingya Muslim refugees from neighbouring Bangladesjh. 

The announcement came from the Foreign Minister in Bangladesh,  AH Mahmood Ali, who claimed the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, had agreed to co-ordinate a repatriation. 

However, no timeframe for the programme has yet been put forward.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled the country's Rakhine region in recent weeks to escape a military campaign against them, after years of persecution by the Buddhist majority.

A number of camps and settlements have been established in Bangladesh, where conditions are dire - food is scarce, aid has run thin, and the monsoon rain provides a constant challenge.

The military claims people belonging to the minority are interlopers, and are not entitled to residency or citizenship in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi - who has been routinely criticised for failing to intervene - said in a speech last month Myanmar would take back verified refugees.