A Burmese delegation has arrived in Dacca to discuss the plight of more than 200,000 refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Burma.
GV: Dacca Airport building with Mr. Tobarrak Hussain, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary walking with entourage on to tarmac.
GV: U Tin Ohn, Burmese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs descends from aircraft and is greeted by Hussain. (2 shots)
GVs: ministers walking across tarmac towards building. (3 shots)
GV: State Guest House
GV: Burmese delegation seated at table PAN TO Bangladesh delegation.
SV: U Tin Ohn seated
SV: Burmese delegates
SV: Bangladesh delegation seated.
GV: conference in progress.
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Background: A Burmese delegation has arrived in Dacca to discuss the plight of more than 200,000 refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Burma. The Muslim refugees, who are being housed in temporary camps, have alleged they were forced to leave their homes by Burmese troops. This has been denied by the Rangoon government.
SYNOPSIS: The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary, Mr. Tobarrak Hussain, and his negotiating team were on hand at Dacca Airport on Thursday (6 July) to meet the Burmese delegation, which was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. U Tin Ohn. The main problem facing the two governments is what to do about the Burmese refugees in the face of growing protests by the people of Bangladesh -- which is one of the poorest countries in the world.
The talks are being held at the Bangladesh State Guest House in Dacca and the first session lasted about two and a half hours. Mr. Hussain stated earlier that the stream of refugees into Bangladesh was a violation of human rights, and that Burma had no moral or legal rights to create the problem. So far, no details on the current round of talks have been released, but they are expected to continue.