“It is standard practice in voluntary repatriation operations that UNHCR would be involved to ensure international standards are met for any type of return agreement,” said a UNHCR spokesman.
Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under pressure from countries with large Muslim populations including Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan to stop violence against Rohingya Muslims.
UNHCR asks Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the US, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims.
Bangladesh has accused the Burmese navy of opening fire on a civilian fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal, amid bilateral tension over the Rohingya,
The Burmese government has confirmed via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10 August the repatriation of 159 verified Bangladesh nationals.
A boat carrying more than 200 Bangladeshi migrants was intercepted by the Burmese navy off the Arakanese coast.