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Rohingya repatriation can no way begin from Tuesday

The Daily Dawn

Rohingya repatriation will take more time to start as preparatory works are yet to finish though Myanmar side says repatriation begins on Tuesday.

‘Rohingya repatriation will take place. It’s possible to start at any time once urgent works related to repatriation are finished,’ said convener of technical committee on repatriation and Cox’s Bazar Rohingya Repatriation Commissioner M Abul Kalam.

He said the repatriation of Rohingyas can no way begin from Tuesday as there are many tasks to accomplish. ‘Meanwhile, it’s not such a task that can start immediately.’

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in Dhaka also said he will not tell any date but the repatriation process has already started with the signing of physical arrangement.

On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’ which will facilitate return of Rohingays to their homeland from Bangladesh.

The ‘Physical Arrangement’ stipulates that the repatriation would be completed preferably within two years from the commencement of repatriation.

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