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Blame game hampers Rohingya return to Myanmar

Repatriation not a priority as country deals with Covid-19 outbreak and renewed conflict in Rakhine

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Blame game hampers Rohingya return to Myanmar

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Myanmar’s minister Kyaw Tint Swe told the UN General Assembly on Sept. 29 that bilateral cooperation is the only effective way to resolve repatriation of thousands of Rohingya refugees who remain in camps in Bangladesh.

He invited Bangladesh to show genuine political will and cooperate by strictly adhering to the terms of a bilateral agreement reached in November 2017.

He has accused the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and its supporters of hampering the bilateral repatriation process as two terrorist groups, ARSA and the Arakan Army, have used Bangladesh as a sanctuary.

The minister’s accusations sparked outrage among officials from Bangladesh as they said it was a “disinformation campaign.”

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