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List of 25,000 Rohingyas handed over to Myanmar

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:16 PM, 29 July 2019   Updated: 04:19 PM, 29 July 2019

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Bangladesh handed over a list of 25,000 Rohingyas to Myanmar in a meeting with Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu. The list contains the names of 25,000 Rohingyas from 6000 families.

On Monday, the list was handed over to Myanmar in a meeting at Meghna, a state guest house in Dhaka. So far,  Bangladesh has given a list of about 55,000 Rohingyas names to Myanmar authorities  

Acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan told reporters after a lengthy meeting with the delegation led by Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Mint Thu.

“The Myanmar side said they are trying to persuade the Rohingyas to return to Myanmar but during their discussions at Rohingya camps, Rohingya representatives were smiled when they requested to return,” he said.  

“There was a trust deficit remains among Rohingyas.” Quamrul Ahsan added. 

Currently, more than 1.1 million Rohingya are taking shelter in Bangladesh. Most of them have entered Bangladesh after August 25, 2017.

On November 23, 2017, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement over Rohingya repatriation. Later, the two countries signed a ‘Physical Arrangement’ agreement on January 16, 2018,  to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

According to the ‘Physical Arrangement’, the withdrawal was expected to end within two years.

The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15, 2017, but it was halted amid as the unwillingness of Rohingyas to return for lack of a favorable environment in Rakhine.