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10-member Myanmar government team visiting Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar

March 19, 2017

A Myanmar government delegation has reached Cox’s Bazar to visit three camps where the Rohingyas, who fled persecution in their own country, are sheltered.

The 10-member team arrived in the tourist town in the morning on Sunday and met the Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner at around 11am.

From there they set off for Kutupalong camp in Ukhia, their first destination for a visit, according to Md Ali Hossain, DC of Cox’s Bazar.

Investigation Commission Secretary of Myanmar U Zaw Myint Pe is leading the 10-member team. Five of the members of the team are from the committee Myanmar government constituted on the face of an international outcry to resolve the Rohingya issue.

The refugees from Rohingya Muslim community fled Myanmar in the face of an army crackdown that began in October last year following an attack by unidentified miscreants on a security check post.

According to the International Organization for Migration, some 70,000 refugees have so far taken shelter inside Bangladesh since then.

“They are here to see the plight of the Rohingyas. We also discussed possibilities of economic and cultural cooperation between the two neighbours,” Ali added.

He said the delegation would visit one camp in Balukhali in Ukhia and another in Letah in Teknaf on Monday.

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