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Given the refugees' claims, there is no indication how numerous displaced Rohingya might actually want to return to Myanmar.

"The arrangement stipulates that the return shall commence within two months".

So far, no official details have been released on the agreement, what it would entail and under what circumstances the Rohingya would return.

The two countries arrived at the agreement following talks between Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Bangladesh's Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, and after weeks of tussling over the terms of repatriation.

"We (US) will increase pressure on the parties to reach an accommodation about repatriation of people who are displaced, and also pressure on the military in Burma and the civilian government to work quickly to respond to events on the ground", it said quoting the unnamed official. Under that agreement, Rohingya were required to present residency documents, which few have, before being allowed to return to Myanmar.

Over 40 non-governmental organisations will hand over their memoranda to the United Nations office in Bukit Damansara on Nov 30, to object the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh involving the ethnic Rohingya.

"It's my call to Myanmar to start taking back soon their nationals from Bangladesh".

"They burned our houses, they took our land and cows - will they give us these things back?" former Hoyakong resident Abdul Hamid said.

The Narzi Quarter in Sittwe, Myanmar, that was once home to 100,000 Rohingya Muslims.

The Rohingya have been dubbed as one of the world's most persecuted ethnic minorities.

Under current laws, they can not travel freely, practice their religion, or work as teachers or doctors, and they have little access to medical care, food or education.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's 12:30 Report Trump will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror Tillerson condemns violence against LGBT people on Transgender Day of Remembrance MORE on Wednesday declared the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "ethnic cleansing", while warning the USA government could impose new penalties on Myanmar.

The United States issued on Wednesday its strongest condemnation to date of the violence against Rohingya in Myanmar.

"There can be no safe or dignified returns of Rohingya to Myanmar while a system of apartheid remains in the country, and thousands are held there in conditions that amount to concentration camps".

The current administration says it does not favor a return to broad economic sanctions.


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