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Date of Rohingya repatriation unclear after ASEAN ministerial meeting

Migrant crisis still on Southeast Asian body's agenda

Foreign ministers from ASEAN member states met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Jan. 17 and 18. (Photo by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is continuing with its role of helping tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis after the issue was raised at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting -- the first such gathering since Thailand took the chair of the body this year.

However, it is still unclear how the long-delayed issue of repatriating more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh following persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine State will be solved, as a plan to send the body's "Needs and Assessment Team" to Rakhine has been postponed indefinitely.

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