Rohingya repatriation in 3 weeks after deal: Suu Kyi

Rohingyas will return to Myanmar in three weeks following Myanmar’s agreement with Bangladesh, Aung San Suu Kyi promised Southeast Asian leaders.

Manila Bulletin reports that the de facto leader of Myanmar pledged to facilitate safe repatriation of more than 600,000 Rohingyas who fled Rakhine state to Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi reportedly made the assurance after “concern” for the welfare of the displaced Rohingyas was raised during the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plenary summit led by president Duterte on Monday.

Myanmar is open to aid for and repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, wrote CNN Manila.

“Humanitarian assistance is welcomed; and repatriation of IDPs (internally displaced persons) within three weeks after MoU (memorandum of understanding) signing with Bangladesh,” Roque was quoted to have said.

“Myanmar specifically said that they are in the process of attending to the Kofi Annan report, that they welcome humanitarian assistance, and that the process of the repatriation for IDPs (internally displaced persons) IDPs will conclude within three weeks after signing of a memorandum of agreement or understanding with Bangladesh,” Roque was quoted to have added.

The spokesperson was present at the closed-door plenary session of the summit.

CNN Manila, quoting diplomatic sources said the Rohingya crisis was raised by Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Half a million Rohingya members poured into the Bangladesh border with Myanmar following violence in the hands of the military this year.

The Rohingya is a Muslim minority of Myanmar left out of the country’s 2014 census and 2015 elections, CNN Manila said.

“Democracy icon and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, whose perceived silence on the issue has drawn criticism worldwide, was present at the ASEAN summit.”

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