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The Future of Asia 2019

Myanmar says Bangladesh not helping refugee return

Minister says Myanmar will take back all Rohingya and provide resident certificates

Myanmar Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, Kyaw Tint Swe, speaks during 25 th international conference on The Future of Asia on May 31, in Tokyo. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Bangladesh is not cooperating in Myanmar's efforts to repatriate and provide residence cards to all refugees who fled its western region, a senior Myanmar official told a conference here on Friday.

Kyaw Tint Swe, a minister for the Office of the State Counselor, said Bangladesh has not honored a bilateral arrangement inked in November 2017 meant to facilitate the repatriation of Rohingya and other minorities who fled ethnic violence in the state of Rakhine.

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