A Burma delegation attended the Second Meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on the Repatriation of displaced Rohingyas from 15 to 18 May 2018. The delegation included representatives from various Ministries and the Arakan State government.
The Second JWG Meeting co-chaired by U Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and Mr. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh was held at the State Guest House of Bangladesh on 17 May 2018.
During the Meeting, both sides exchanged views on the repatriation process, including conducive environment, safety and security for the prospective returnees, current situation of displaced persons in Bangladesh, updates on the displaced persons from the international boundary line, dissemination of information among the returnees and confidence building, and the involvement of the United Nations Agencies in the process of repatriation and resettlement.
The Burma side reiterated its readiness to receive the verified displaced persons from Bangladesh and urged the Bangladeshi side to commence the repatriation of the verified 1101 persons (as of 2 May 2018) out of 8,032 persons received from the Bangladeshi side. The also urged Bangladesh demolition of refugee shelters built in the zero point of the border line.
In the meeting, Burma side expressed its reluctance to receive a second list of its displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh saying that it has yet to complete duly the verification process of the first list.