The leaders attending meetings from Dhaka and Naypyidaw agreed to repatriate Rohingyas willing to return voluntarily to Myanmar by December under the pilot project. According to related sources, the decision was taken at the director-general level meeting of the two countries on Monday in the capital of Myanmar.
It is known that after the meeting, the Director General of the Myanmar sub-division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will return to Dhaka from Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday. The four member delegation was led by Mainul Kabir.
According to sources, the officials of the two countries discussed confidence-building measures for the return of the Rohingyas in the meeting. Bangladesh is giving importance to family-based, region-based, and voluntary repatriation. Myanmar has listed 3000 Rohingya names as part of the pilot project.
Bangladesh has also said that before the repatriation begins, it will not forcibly send any Rohingya to Rakhine if the Rohingya do not feel safe. It is reported that a delegation from Myanmar will come to Cox’s Bazar to discuss with the Rohingyas who wish to be repatriated.
According to RRRC sources, after the beginning of Rohingya influx into Bangladesh on August 25, 2017, Bangladesh provided a list of 882,000 Rohingyas to be repatriated to Myanmar in 2018. After verifying that list, Myanmar finalized a list of only 68,000 Rohingya and sent it back to Bangladesh.