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> A memorandum of understanding has been agreed between Myanmar and Bangladesh. For the thousands of Rohingya forced to flee, it could mean the chance to finally go home. But the agreement comes with conditions. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh must complete registration forms with their personal details, before they are repatriated.
Reuters Myanmar bureau chief, Antoni Slodkowski explains.>> The key points here include also such important questions as to how it will be verified that these Rohingya people are actually from Myanmar. These people don't have documents in many cases. They don't have Burmese citizenship. They don't have any identity cards so, what will the Burmese use to scrutinize they're rights to return.
And if we're looking at 600,000 people this is likely to take years.>> Many see the agreement as an attempt by Myanmar to ease international pressure and criticism. The military has been accused of ethnic cleansing after over 620,000 refugees fled an army clamp down, launched in late August.
Myanmar claims they were retaliating against attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants and Rakhine State. Civilian government of just two years still has to share power with the military who have ruled the country for decades. They will play a key role on the ground.>> They have said that the repatriation will be only possible if the Buddhist Rakhines find it acceptable.
So to what degree the military here is willing to play ball and how they will behave is really a massive question mark as well.>> Diplomats in aid work is pushing for the international community to oversee the return of Rohingya to Myanmar. They want to ensure their protection against further violence, a process that would resolve their legal status and assurances they can return to their villages.
For the Rohingya, the agreement could be the start of a long journey back home.