first_imgDhaka: Myanmar on Monday expressed its readiness to take back Rohingya Muslims even as Bangladesh said the neighbouring country must earn the persecuted minority group’s trust for launching the repatriation process, amid fears of their fate once they returned to their homeland. The development came as a high-level Myanmar delegation visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and talked to their representatives. “I asked them (Rohingyas) that this is the right time to consider whether they should go back or not, because we provided explanation to their key issues,” Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu, who led a 19-member delegation, told reporters in Dhaka. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Myanmar is ready to welcome the Rohingyas (back home)… but the only thing is they (Rohingyas) have to decide (about their return) by themselves,” Thu said. Bangladesh’s acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan, who was also present at the briefing, however, said Naypyidaw must generate trust among the Rohingyas for their spontaneous return. “As long as confidence is not built up they (Rohingys) won’t go back,” he said. Ahsan added: “We (Bangladesh) won’t push back anyone forcibly”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights. A 19-member Myanmar delegation in the last two days visited the Rohingya camps, one specially erected for Hindu residents of Rakhine who were also forced to flee their home along with the Rohingya Muslims. This was the third visit by a Myanmar delegation to the Rohingya camps, but this time they were accompanied by a 5-member ASEAN observer group during the interactions. Thu said during the interactions they tried to convince the Rohingyas to go back to Myanmar, saying the situation in their homeland in northern Rakhine is now better and called the discussion “very candid”. “Then we tried to build up trust between the community leaders and our delegation,” he said. Thu said they also showed fact-sheet to Rohingyas detailing the proposed repatriation process as well as their access to justice and access to education, health and social services. The top Myanmar foreign affairs bureaucrat said a part of the discussion was related to the Rohingya’s citizenship NVC card issues. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, meanwhile, in a separate media interaction on Monday said Myanmar has expressed its plan for the first time to provide the Rohingyas the natural citizenship which he called a “major breakthrough”.last_img read more