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Japan to provide $3 million to Myanmar for Rohingya return

AP  |  Bangkok 

Japanese's today urged Myanmar's to guarantee the safe and voluntary return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in troubled

While is visiting Myanmar, the Japanese announced a grant of $3 million to Myanmar's to help facilitate the repatriation of the Rohingya.

and signed an agreement on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees on Nov. 23, and said it would start the process by Jan 23. The exact numbers and extent of the repatriation is still unclear.

"We have decided to provide the aid in response to the agreement between and to represent an international message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly," said official in a statement.

Kono's three-day visit to Myanmar includes traveling to Humanitarian groups and independent media are prohibited from traveling to the area freely.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring to escape a brutal crackdown in which security forces have been accused of systematic abuses tantamount to ethnic cleansing.

During a meeting today, Kono asked Suu Kyi's to allow humanitarian and to the affected area, the resettlement of returned refugees, and the implementation of recommendations made by former UN Kofi Annan.

Kono also said plans to give further aid to improve humanitarian conditions and development in

"We are thankful to for its willingness to support the needs both for short term and long term," Suu Kyi said at the joint conference.

Yamaguchi stressed that will monitor how the repatriation will be carried out. "The money will be paid in a timely manner based on the progress of repatriation," Yamaguchi added.

Myanmar's state-run media on Wednesday said authorities have started the land work to construct buildings to accommodate returned refugees from Bangladesh in northern Rakhine, where refugees will be temporarily placed after their citizenship is scrutinized.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:45 IST