News ID: 201681
Published: 0259 GMT October 03, 2017

Over 10,000 Rohingya poised to enter Bangladesh as exodus swells again

Over 10,000 Rohingya poised to enter Bangladesh as exodus swells again

More than 10,000 Muslim Rohingya have massed in Myanmar near a crossing point into Bangladesh, Myanmar media said Tuesday, apparently poised to join an exodus across the border due to food shortages and fear of attacks in their mainly Buddhist homeland.

Over 500,000 Rohingya have streamed into Bangladesh in just the past five weeks, and numbers are again swelling, raising doubt about the practicality of a Myanmar proposal to begin repatriating them, AFP wrote.

Myanmar's northern state of Rakhine has been emptied of half of its Rohingya population in weeks.

More are on the move as insecurity presses them to leave those villages which have so far been spared the worst of the violence that ripped through the state.

Over 10,000 Muslims have arrived "between Letphwekya and Kwunthpin village to emigrate to the neighboring country", the state-backed Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported Tuesday.

 

Taking back Rohingya

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A senior Bangladeshi official said Tuesday that Myanmar will consider taking back only those Rohingya refugees who have fled the country in the past year.

In the first bilateral meeting with Bangladeshi officials since the latest upsurge of violence began on August 25, a Myanmar minister Monday said his government was ready to take back Rohingya.

No details were given at the time of the offer from Kyaw Tint Swe, made during a meeting in Dhaka with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali.

But a senior Bangladesh official who attended the meeting said Myanmar would accept only those Rohingya who had fled the country in the past year.

"Their mandate is that they would consider taking back those who came after last October and last August," he said on condition of anonymity

The official said Bangladesh would stick to its stance calling for the return of all 900,000 Rohingya refugees now living in the country's southeastern border region.

The Myanmar officials who took part in the meeting in Dhaka did not have "the mandate" to discuss the fate of the Rohingya refugees who came earlier, he said.

   
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