Flag meeting to deliver 159 more Bangladeshis delayed

Flag meeting between Bangladesh and Myanmar to hand over 159 human trafficking victims to Bangladesh postponed over bad weather conditions

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar wave as they are transported by a wooden boat

The meeting for the repatriation of 159 Bangladeshi human trafficking victims between Myanmar Border Guard Police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has been delayed over bad weather conditions in Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

A flag meeting occurs at a border with commanders from each side attending, in order to resolve a local conflict.

After rescuing 342 Bangladeshi migrants together with the 593 human trafficking victims and returning them their own countries, Myanmar’s navy is to deliver 159 more Bangladeshi victims on Thursday after their survival from a stranded boat on Southeast Asia Sea.

The Myanmar Immigrant Department is to handle the repatriation process in the Dhekubonia BGP camp, near the zero-point of Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

The BGB officials said that the new schedule for the meeting is to be announced later on Thursday.

The Myanmar Immigrant Department is to meet the committee from Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) led by commander of 17 BGB Battalion of Cox’s Bazar district, Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Robiul Islam.

The deputy director of the Immigration Department in western Myanmar’s Maungdaw district, Saw Naing told Eleven Myanmar news agency that “We have been contacting the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to hand over 159 people who remained at Taungpyo camp and received a reply today. We have reached an agreement. The foreign ministers from both sides worked on reaching this agreement.”

The upcoming repatriation meeting will be the fourth gathering between Myanmar and Bangladesh since the beginning of June.

Recently, Myanmar Navy has detected and rescued 342 Bangladeshi human trafficking victims from stranded boats on May 22 and May 27.

The survivors have been delivered in three phases to Bangladeshi authorities on June 8, June 19 and July 22.

People from Bangladesh, and Muslim communities of Rohingya who try to reach Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Myanmar pay a lot of money to human traffickers who leave them stranded in boats to die.

TRTWorld and agencies