Myan­mar reaf­firms refugee com­mit­ment

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The Myan­mar govern­ment has as­sured that it will con­duct ver­i­fi­ca­tion and repa­tri­a­tion of those who fled to Bangladesh fol­low­ing the un­rest in Rakhine State since Au­gust 25.

THE Myan­mar govern­ment has reaf­firmed its com­mit­ment to car­ry­ing out ver­i­fi­ca­tion and repa­tri­a­tion of refugees flee­ing to Bangladesh from north­ern Rakhine State amid at­tacks by ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ists in Au­gust.

U Kyaw Tint Swe, min­is­ter for the Of­fice of the State Coun­sel­lor, made the re­marks dur­ing Tues­day’s trip to Maungtaw in con­flict-torn Rakhine State by a del­e­ga­tion of diplo­mats from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing China, Bangladesh, In­dia, Thai­land and Laos. The trip was or­gan­ised by the Myan­mar govern­ment and led by the min­is­ter.

“Though the num­ber of refugees who fled to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try is in the hun­dreds of thou­sands, the Myan­mar govern­ment is com­mit­ted to repa­tri­a­tion of those who ac­tu­ally set­tled in Myan­mar,” U Kyaw Tint Swe said, stress­ing that there is no need for the refugees to aban­don the vil­lages they lived pre­vi­ously and flee to other coun­try. The min­is­ter pledged that they would be fully pro­vided with hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and se­cu­rity.

U Kyaw Tint Swe in­sisted that the ver­i­fi­ca­tion and repa­tri­a­tion process will be con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with the agree­ment be­tween the for­eign min­istries of Myan­mar and Bangladesh in 1992.

The del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Yathedaung town­ship’s Anaukpyin vil­lage where most of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity did not flee to Bangladesh.

The del­e­ga­tion also met those Mus­lims near Layy­in­pyankwin vil­lage and near the bor­der fence and are ready to leave for Bangladesh.

U Kyaw Tint Swe urged the de­part­ing Mus­lim vil­lagers to stay back, promis­ing to pro­vide them with hu­man­i­tar­ian aid and se­cu­rity.

The diplo­mats in­ter­viewed the vil­lagers about the re­gional se­cu­rity sta­tus, the cause of their flee­ing to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try and if they have re­ceived hu­man­i­tar­ian aid or not.

At a meet­ing with Mus­lims from Pantaw­pyin vil­lage in Maungtaw town­ship, the min­is­ter pledged to re­build the homes de­stroyed in the ter­ror­ists at­tacks and clar­i­fied the ver­i­fi­ca­tion process.

The del­e­ga­tion also vis­ited Ngakhuya vil­lage where eth­nic Rakhine peo­ple, Hin­dus and Mus­lim are liv­ing to­gether.

In the eth­nic Mro vil­lage of Khondaing, which was al­legedly burned down by ter­ror­ists, the au­thor­i­ties en­cour­aged the vil­lagers by promis­ing that the govern­ment will build a new vil­lage in a new area and pro­vide them with fur­ther hu­man­i­tar­ian aid.

Rakhine State Chief Min­is­ter U Nyi Pu said the govern­ment is push­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the tasks of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in three ar­eas – com­pi­la­tion of list, food sup­ply for refugees and im­prove­ment of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­port.

The Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ists launched fresh at­tacks on po­lice out­posts in Rakhine on Au­gust 25, dis­plac­ing res­i­dents from a num­ber of ar­eas in Maungtaw district. – Xin­hua

‘... the Myan­mar govern­ment is com­mit­ted to repa­tri­a­tion of those who ac­tu­ally set­tled in Myan­mar.’

U Kyaw Tint Swe Of­fice of the State Coun­sel­lor

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