Representatives of Bangladesh and Myanmar have begun talks of the Joint Working Group (JWG) for the second time to oversee the repatriation of displaced Rohingya citizens from Bangladesh.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque is representing Bangladesh whereas his Myanmar counterpart Permanent Secretary at Myanmar Foreign Ministry Myint Thu is representing his respective side in the meeting. The meeting is taking place at the state guesthouse Meghna which began today at 10 am.
Earlier, on January 15 last, the two countries held talks in JWG meeting.
Bangladesh will try to put pressure on Myanmar to take back its citizens as the process of repatriation has been very sluggish since the agreement of both countries and Bangladesh handed over the list of 1673 Rohingya families to Myanmar on February 16.
‘We’ll raise all issues related to repatriation,’ Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) Mohammed AbulKalam told.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation agreement on November 23, 2017. On January 16, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on `Physical Arrangement` which will facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh.
The `Physical Arrangement` stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start of repatriation.
Bangladesh currently has a Rohingya population, which is far more than Bhutan’s entire population.
Bhutan has around 800,000 people whereas Bangladesh had to give shelter to some 1.2 million Rohingyas.