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1 of 4 asylum seekers resettled in Cambodia under multimillion-dollar deal wants to go home

FILE- In this June 4, 2015 file photo, a van drives four refugees from Australia out of Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One of four asylum seekers resettled in Cambodia in a multimillion-dollar deal that saw them sent from an Australian-run detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru has decided he wants to go home. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 that the man, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, stated that he wanted to give up his refugee status and return to his homeland. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)

FILE- In this June 4, 2015 file photo, a van drives four refugees from Australia out of Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One of four asylum seekers resettled in Cambodia in a multimillion-dollar deal that saw them sent from an Australian-run detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru has decided he wants to go home. Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 that the man, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, stated that he wanted to give up his refugee status and return to his homeland. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)  (The Associated Press)

One of four asylum seekers resettled in Cambodia in a multimillion-dollar deal that saw them sent from an Australian-run detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru has decided he wants to go home.

Cambodian Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said Sunday that the man, an ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, stated that he wanted to give up his refugee status and return to his homeland.

Two Iranian men, an Iranian woman and the Rohingya man came to Cambodia under a 40 million Australian dollar ($32 million) four-year agreement aimed at resettling hundreds of asylum seekers who have been living for years in Nauru. They were the only ones among 677 there who signed up for the package, and arrived in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in early June.