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Myanmar, Bangladesh Set Up Working Group for Rohingya Return


Rohingya refugees jostle as they line up for a blanket distribution under heavy rainfall at the Balukhali camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec. 11, 2017.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have formed a joint working group to oversee the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but their return is likely to be delayed.

The two countries agreed to set up a 30-member working group during a four-hour meeting Tuesday in Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital.

More than 630,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar's military launched a crackdown on them in August.

Rohingya Hindu refugees walk through the Kutupalong Hindu refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec. 17, 2017.
Rohingya Hindu refugees walk through the Kutupalong Hindu refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec. 17, 2017.

Their repatriation was due to start around Jan. 21 under an agreement reached last month between the two countries, but a Bangladesh foreign ministry official who attended Tuesday's meeting said it would be delayed by a couple of weeks or so.

Human rights groups warn that the Rohingya may face continued violence if they are sent back.

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