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Myanmar holds repatriation talks with Rohingya refugees

Posted at 4:55 AM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 07:55:20-04

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Myanmar government delegation has met with representatives of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees in camps in Bangladesh to discuss creating conditions for their safe repatriation.

Myanmar’s permanent foreign secretary, U Myint Thu, led a 10-member delegation for the weekend talks in refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar region.

Thu said Sunday that he told the refugees about the preparations being made for their repatriation and agreed to continue talks with them. He said the delegation will meet with Bangladesh’s foreign minister on Monday.

Attacks by Myanmar’s army in 2017 caused more than 700,000 Rohingya to flee to overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh and elsewhere for safety.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be “Bengalis” from Bangladesh even though they have lived in the country for generations.