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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 May, 2003, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Bangladesh sends Burmese home
Bangladeshi officials say they have speeded up the process of repatriating thousands of Burmese Muslim refugees living in two camps in south-eastern Bangladesh.

Under a new agreement reached between the Bangladeshi and Burmese governments, a group of 150 refugees left the camps for Burma on Wednesday.

Another group of 123 people returned to Burma on Monday.

Bangladeshi officials say that, before the agreement, Burma took back no more than 10 refugees a week.

Nearly 250,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh in the early 1990s to escape alleged persecution from the Burmese military government.

Most of them later returned home after the intervention of the United Nations.

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