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Myanmar signs deal with Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to cooperate on the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has described as 'textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

by Florence Looi

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to cooperate on the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has described as "textbook ethnic cleansing" in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State.

More than 600,000 have crossed into Bangladesh in the last two months, but given the violence and Myanmar's history of refusing citizenship to Rohingya, many refugees may be unwilling or unable to return.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Yangon.


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