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Myanmar and Bangladesh agree to UN assistance for Rohingya refugee repatriation

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to accept UN assistance to start the repatriation process for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar, said Reuters.

Speaking at a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said,

“Both countries agreed to take help from te UNHCR in the Rohingya repatriation process. Myanmar will take its assistance as per their requirement.

Myanmar officials said that returnees will be moved to camps only temporarily while ‘model villages’ are constructed near their former homes, reports Reuters.

The US and UN have labelled Myanmar’s actions as ethnic cleansing, and called for accountability mechanism to be put in place.