A team from Myanmar is coming to Bangladesh on 19 December for discussion on Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told this to reporters after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday. Officials said, a Joint Working Group was supposed to be in place within three weeks of signing the ‘Arrangement’ on return of Rohingyas with a specific bilateral instrument in a speedy manner. Bangladesh and Myanmar with the assistance from UNHCR and UN refugee agency will work on this repatriation. Foreign Minister said, the signing is just the first step and there’s more to come. Myanmar will take its assistance as per their requirement. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed ‘Arrangement’ on Return of displaced Myanmar persons sheltered in Bangladesh on 23 November 2017 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. For the last couple of months both sides have been negotiating about the agreement. The ‘Arrangement’ stipulates that the return shall commence within two months. However, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has termed the Rohingya return deal bad one and urged Bangladesh and Myanmar to invite UNHCR to join in the drafting of a new tripartite agreement. Bill Frelick, refugee rights director at HRW said, international monitors on the ground in Burma is very essential in order to successfully establish this agreement.
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