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Bangladesh, Myanmar, China form tripartite forum to solve Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Oct 29 (BAN/ AD): Bangladesh, Myanmar, China have jointly begun to work on finding solution for Rohingya repatriation. As per Foreign ministry sources tripartite forum held its first meeting last week.

The forum will work on repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their homeland in Rakhine, Myanmar. The first meeting was attended by director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Southeast Asia wing, and ambassadors of Myanmar, and China in Bangladesh.

In the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US on September 23, it was agreed to form joint forum to find solution to Rohingya repatriation process.

Senior official of Foreign Ministry has said “Yes, we have started our activities, having held the forum’s first meeting last week.” He also added “At the first meeting, the director general and the two ambassadors talked about the modalities for moving forward to begin the repatriation.”

A senior Chinese official has said “It all depends on the good will of Myanmar, and China – the staunchest ally of our second neighbour.” He refused to comment on tentative date for the beginning of the repatriation.

Currently around 750,000 Rohingyas are living in Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 after Myanmar forces orchestrated violence against them in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The refugees are living in refugee camps in Ukhiya, and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.

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