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Following the attacks and exodus of refugees, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi responded to worldwide criticism on the Myanmar government by saying she condemned all human rights violations and pledging to restore peace as soon as possible.
"What Bangladesh has been saying is that we want to settle this issue peacefully and both countries have agreed to that".
The agreement was reached during a meeting between State Counsellor's Office Minister Kyaw Tint Swe, and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali.
Over half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since the start of a military crackdown in the Myanmar border state of Rakhine.
Dhaka - Mounting global pressure has apparently compelled Myanmar to float a proposal for repatriation of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who fled persecution in Myanmar to find shelters in neighbouring Bangladesh in the past weeks.
"The talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and Myanmar has made a proposal to take back the Rohingya refugees", the minister told reporters.
Worldwide aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations.
There has been an exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine state since August 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has branded "ethnic cleansing".
Rights groups say the real death toll is likely to be much higher, especially among the Rohingya, while the United Nations has labelled army operations as "ethnic cleansing" against the Muslim group.
They were flown by helicopter to Maungdaw, epicentre of the violence.
"We saw villages that had been burned to the ground and emptied of inhabitants".
Rohingyas are stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine state, Myanmar and are categorised as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.
"We call once more for unimpeded humanitarian access to northern Rakhine and resumption of life-saving services without discrimination throughout the state", it added.
Its insistence on verifying the Rohingya could prove a "stumbling block" to repatriation, according to Shahab Enam Khan, an global relations specialist at Jahangirnagar University. "And don't be satisfied with leaders who give up on it either", she said.
He, however, did not face the media before leaving Dhaka, rather Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali briefed the reporters after almost two-hours meeting. Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
They were accused of storming a house of Rohingya refugees in a suburb here last week.
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