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Bangladesh agrees to let UN oversee repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Deal signed so country cannot be accused of returning anyone against their will, minister says

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Rohingya refugees return to their camps carrying relief goods at the site of newly extended refugee camps, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

Bangladesh has agreed to allow the United Nations to oversee the controversial process of returning Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

Shahriar Alam, a foreign affairs minister, said the government signed the deal so the country could not be accused of returning anyone from the Muslim minority against their will.

More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military in their native state of Rakhine, which began in August.

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The Independent

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