Singapore - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi reaffirmed her country's commitment on Tuesday to repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people living in overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh, saying the pace would however be set by Dhaka.
Suu Kyi has been criticized internationally since close to 700,000 people fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in a mass exodus since August last year, provoked by a crackdown at the hands of Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state.
"We hope to work with Bangladesh to affect the voluntary, safe and dignified return of displaced people from Northern Rakhine," said Suu Kyi in a speech at a hotel in Singapore, in reference to a deal that was struck between the two countries last November.
"Both sides agreed, inter alia, to deliver on the commitments made to speed up implementation of bilateral agreements on repatriation," she added.
As evidence for the government's readiness to comply with the agreement, Suu Kyi pointed to the fact that Myanmar had "mapped out the official sites for the resettlement of refugees," and that United Nations officials had been granted access to 32 villages.