Myanmar, UN sign pact on steps for Rohingya return.

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Myanmar and UN agencies signed an agreement today that could lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingyas who fled brutal persecution by the country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh.

Myanmar’s security forces have been accused of rape, killing, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes in western Rakhine state, where most Rohingyas lived.

The UN and US have described the army crackdown that began in August last year as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed in November to begin repatriating Rohingyas.

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