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Myanmar opens border gate

  • Published at 08:05 pm February 18th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:29 pm February 20th, 2017
Myanmar opens border gate
Bangladesh is yet to decide whether to re-open its border for authorised movement of Myanmar nationals. The neighbouring country, however, has already resumed issuing passes without notifying Dhaka formally. Neither of the countries had informed each other before closing the border on October 9 when three outposts of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) came under attack, killing nine law enforcers and triggering a military crackdown in Rakhine State. On February 15, Myanmar ceased the four-month-long “clearing operations,” under which, reportedly over 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed, many women raped and thousands detained. At least 70,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.
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Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abujar Al Zahid on Saturday said: “Bangladesh closed the border on October 9 and Myanmar followed suit.” On Thursday noon, a passenger trawler tried to enter Bangladesh through the Naff River. BGB stopped them and learnt that the Myanmar authorities at Gate 1 had issued them passes. The trawler was pushed back since the BGB had not received any directives from the government.
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BGB and other law enforcers have also said that they did not witness fresh influx of Rohingyas in the last two weeks. Bangladesh government is working with Myanmar and has urged the international community to solve the Rohingya crisis. It has repeatedly urged the Myanmar authorities to take back some 33,000 documented Rohingyas of two camps and over 300,000 other undocumented Rohingyas living across Bangladesh for years. The government recently said that they would shift the undocumented Rohingyas to an island in Hatia of Cox's Bazar before repatriating them to their home country. A high-power committee was formed last month to identify the Rohingyas.
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