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Pragmatic foreign policy needed to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar

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QUOTING Myanmar government, news agencies reported that Arakan Army insurgents have killed nine Myanmar police in the latest attack in the country's western Rakhine State. Earlier in August 2017, the Myanmar government expelled thousands of ethnic Muslim minorities after a rebel attack on security posts. The government forces, despite, killed hundreds of Rohingyas, persecuted seven lakh Muslim minorities, burnt their homestead into ashes --- what the UN termed textbook example of ethnic cleansing, the disputed land still a hotspot of Buddhist rebel. The Suu Kyi's government primarily had ushered hope but eventually failed to restore the democratic principles in the country.
On Saturday night villagers heard gunfire as fighters from the armed group, which recruits from the mainly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic people, raided a police post in the village of Yoe Ta Yoke. In a statement, police said around 60 members of the 'Arakan Army' terrorist group attacked using automatic firearms. Myanmar leaders vowed to crush the rebels, who are fighting for autonomy for Rakhine, but clashes have spread to new areas, displacing several Buddhist people.
In 2017, attacks on security outposts by insurgents from the Muslim Rohingya minority provoked a military crackdown in the north of the state. UN agencies say more than 730,000 people fled into camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar District. Saturday night's attack took place about 50 km (31 miles) north of the Rakhine State's capital Sittwe. Myanmar's military said in a separate statement that troops clashed with about 200 men from the insurgent group at a different location, along with Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. Obviously, the latest incident is troublesome for the neighbouring countries, particularly Bangladesh.
Departments and agencies concerned should have a close observation in the events inside Myanmar in a bid to tackle any untoward situation on short notice. Besides, the Foreign Ministry should device a realistic foreign policy with ensuring participation of the regional nations, including China and India, to repatriate the Rohingya people to Myanmar.

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