Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

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After fleeing burning villages they say were set alight by soldiers and Buddhist mobs, more than 100 Rohingya have drowned in the scramble to cross the Naf river that divides the two countries.

Diplomats and United Nations officials visited conflict-torn areas of northern Rakhine for the first time since more than 500,000 self-identifying Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of ethnic Rakhine and others fled the area since Aug 25.

"We are looking forward to a peaceful solution to the crisis", said the top Bangladeshi diplomat following the talks.

Bangladesh's foreign minister said Monday that Myanmar "has made proposals for taking back Rohingya refugees".

The Myanmar delegation did not speak to the media.

He said the process could begin at any time for the Rohingya who want to go back to Myanmar and that the verification of refugees will be based on the terms of a 1993 agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Hundreds of people have reportedly died in the past month in their effort to cross the border.

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Myanmar says more than 500 people have been killed in the latest violence, majority rebels.

The UN is now seeking $200 million from donors to help tackle the crisis among the Rohingya Muslims.

Over half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since the start of a military crackdown in the Myanmar border state of Rakhine.

Local officials in Rakhine said Monday's tour includes meetings with relatives of victims allegedly killed by Muslim militants during the violence against Mro and Daignets minority Hindu communities in Maungdaw township.

MAUNGDAW, Rakhine State- Twenty diplomats who visited conflict-torn areas of northern Rakhine on a government-sponsored tour on Monday called on Myanmar authorities to fully investigate allegations of human rights violations, allow unimpeded humanitarian access and urged the government to allow the United Nations fact-finding mission to visit.

"Starting on Tuesday, they left their region, claiming that they felt insecure to remain because they were now living in a sparsely populated area, as most of their relatives had left for Bangladesh", the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported. Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Ali told reporters that at the meeting Myanmar proposed to repatriate the refugees.

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