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Myanmar willing to take back all Rohingya refugees

Myanmar’s National Security Advisor Thaung Tun said the country is willing to take back all 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh due to violence if they volunteer to return. 

Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete the voluntary repatriation of the refugees within two years ( Source: AP )

Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in January to complete the voluntary repatriation of the refugees within two years ( Source: AP )

Thaung Tun made the statement at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference in Singapore on June 2.

Violence in Rakhine forced 700,000 Rohingya people to flee into Bangladesh to seek shelter. In November last year, the two countries agreed on the time for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees and the establishment of an expert group to supervise the process.

The Myanmar Government set up temporary shelters, which can accommodate tens of thousands people and built some houses to replace villages where the Rohingya lived.-VNA

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