Myanmar and Bangladesh sign the Rohingya return deal

Myanmar, Bangladesh strike deal on refugee return

NAYPYITAW [Myanmar], Nov 23, 2017: Myanmar signed an accord over the return of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled to Bangladesh, today.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s Ministry of Home Affairs said the terms of repatriation were finalised, after discussion with officials from Bangladesh on Wednesday. “The discussion was finalised yesterday morning, and the MOU will be signed today,” Police Colonel Myo Thu Soe said, declining to provide further details of the deal.

Since late August this year, more than 600,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The mass exodus has raised tensions between the two countries, with Bangladesh accusing Myanmar of repeatedly violating its airspace and mining the border area.

Update: Myanmar has signed the deal but no details have been released of the deal. Officials in Bangladesh called it the “first step” while Myanmar responded that it was ready to recieve the returning Rohingyas “as soon as possible”.