As Burma’s army was stepping up an anti-insurgency operation in the country’s northwest in October, senior officers cancelled talks with their Bangladeshi counterparts, straining ties with a key potential ally in dealing with the violence on their border.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said on Tuesday that she hopes her country can finally resolve the decades-old issue of Rohingya refugees residing in her country now that Burma is under a new government.
Burmese authorities repatriated 48 Bangladeshi victims of human trafficking on 2 December, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The group had been held in immigration detention for several months.
Southeast Asian countries were urged on Tuesday to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of this year’s disaster in which hundreds of refugees were either lost at sea or died in jungle camps.