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EU to monitor Rohingya repatriation process
The European Union has said it will monitor the implementation of the instrument signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on return of Rohingyas to Myanmar with attention in full compliance with international law.
"We now expect the agreement signed (on Thursday) to be implemented without delay, and Myanmar to create the conditions on the ground that will allow for a voluntary, safe and dignified return of the refugees to their places of origin," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.
She made remarks on the signing of a bilateral repatriation instrument between the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The signing of the repatriation instrument in Nay Pyi Taw is an important and welcomed step towards addressing one of the worst humanitarian and human rights crises of our times.
Earlier this week in her talks in Dakha with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and in Nay Pyi Taw with the State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, she encouraged both countries to reach a swift conclusion of a bilateral repatriation agreement as a matter of urgency.
"I am pleased to see that their commitment has brought them to achieving this important result," she said.
The EU has reiterated its call for full and unconditional humanitarian access without delay.
The European Union has been fully mobilised politically and through extensive humanitarian assistance to help find a sustainable solution to this crisis and is ready to further support the two countries in this process.
"In this context we also look forward to the swift implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State," she said.