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Home Minister goes to Myanmar

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UNB, Dhaka :
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan left here for Myanmar on Monday to hold talks on various issues, including the Rohingya crisis, aiming to send them back to their homeland through diplomatic efforts.
The Home Minister, who left here by flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines around 12:45 pm, is leading a 12-member delegation. Myanmar Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt Gen Kyaw Swe will lead his country's team.
The Bangladesh delegation includes two secretaries of the Home Ministry, Directors General (DGs) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Bangladesh Coast Guard and Department of Narcotics Control and Inspector General of Police (IGP). Sources at the Home Ministry said the Rohingya issue will be high on the agenda of the meeting. During the talks, the Bangladesh side will push Myanmar to take back its nationals who were forced to flee into Bangladesh. Apart from signing of several memorandums of understanding, border-related issues, including drug smuggling, will also come up for discussion at the conference, said Public Relations Officer of the Home Minister Md Sharif Mahmud Apu.
On October 2, Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to form a joint working group to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. Bangladesh has also proposed a bilateral agreement with Myanmar to facilitate the implementation of repatriation process. A draft of the proposed deal has also been handed over to Myanmar side at the meeting. Bangladesh has been flagging the Annan Commission's recommendation and laid emphasis on implementation of those recommendations to peacefully resolve the Rohingya issue.
Since August 25, more than half a million Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh to flee ethnic cleansing in their own country.

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