Rohingya refugee women queue up outside a relief distribution center at Kutupalong near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar, set to start Tuesday, because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete, a senior Bangladesh official said.Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed earlier this month to complete the voluntary repatriation of the refugees within two years, starting on Tuesday.Myanmar said on Monday it was ready to take back the returning Rohingya.On our part, the preparation is ready," Ko Ko Naing, director general of Myanmar's Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, told Reuters by phone.He declined to comment on whether Bangladesh had informed Myanmar about the delay.Bangladesh army troops arrived at the camp and dispersed a crowd of at least 300 people who had gathered to listen to the leaders, according to witnesses who said they saw the army take away one of the Rohingya leaders.
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