In­for­ma­tion Min­istry’s press con­fer­ence on Rakhine is­sue held in Nay Pyi Taw

Mizzima Business Weekly - - ETHNIC NEWS ROUNDUPS -

In­for­ma­tion Min­istry’s press con­fer­ence on de­vel­op­ments in Rakhine State in­clud­ing an up­date on the repa­tri­a­tion plan was held in Nay Pyi Taw on March 14, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports. Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence, the Deputy In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Aung Hla Tun said that the main rea­sons for the ex­o­dus of Mus­lims of Rakhine State to Bangladesh were fear of ar­rest, and also threats from the ARSA. “Most of these peo­ple fled in panic just af­ter the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks, for fear of be­ing ar­rested for their in­volve­ment or on sus­pi­cion,” said Aung Hla Tun. “The sec­ond rea­son was threats by ARSA and its sup­port­ers.” He also said that the third rea­son was many of them were per­suaded to flee by the ex­pec­ta­tions such as chances of re­set­tle­ment in a third coun­try or bet­ter liveli­hood at the camps in Bangladesh. Dur­ing the event, Myint Thu, the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, said Myan­mar has been ready to re­ceive ver­i­fied re­turnees from Bangladesh.

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