Extension of the agreement to return Rohingya to Arakan until June 2021

The United Nations announced, on Monday, that the Memorandum of Understanding with Myanmar on the return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Arakan Province (west) be extended until June 2021.

This came at a press conference held by Stephen Dujarric, a spokesman for the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, via a television circle with journalists at the headquarters of the International Organization in New York.

“The memorandum aims to allow the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh,” Dujarric said at the conference.

He added: “The memo supports development that benefits all the communities living in the northern towns of Rakhine (Arakan).”

The UN spokesman did not provide details of that extension, whether or not it was the first since the memorandum was signed, and did not reveal what the agreement reached during the two years.

Extension of the agreement to return Rohingya to Arakan until June 2021

On June 6, 2018, the Government of Myanmar, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Development Program signed a memorandum of understanding on United Nations support creating conditions for the voluntary and safe return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and their reintegration into Arakan.

Although the memorandum was signed, Guterres and his senior aides have affirmed on more than one media occasion that Myanmar has not yet fulfilled the conditions required for the voluntary, safe and dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their homes.

Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar army and extremist Buddhist militias have launched a new campaign of crimes against the Rohingya that the United Nations and the United States have described as “ethnic cleansing.”

According to the United Nations, nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, 60 percent of whom were children, to escape the crackdown.

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