Myan­mar tight­ens se­cu­rity at en­try points

The Myanmar Times - - News -

MYAN­MAR has tight­ened se­cu­rity mea­sures at the coun­try’s en­try points in­clud­ing bor­der check points and air­ports in its efforts to pre­vent ter­ror­ists from in­fil­trat­ing into the coun­try, Myan­mar News Agency re­ported Wed­nes­day.

First Vice Pres­i­dent U Myint Swe warned a meet­ing of For­eign­ers Mon­i­tor­ing and Pro­tec­tion Cen­tral Com­mit­tee (FMPCC) in Nay Pyi Taw Tues­day that the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in north­ern Rakhine State can dam­age the coun­try’s tourism in­dus­try and the sit­u­a­tion de­mands se­cu­rity mea­sures be stepped up at bor­der points, the agency re­ported.

Ex­trem­ist ter­ror­ists re­newed at­tacks in the dis­tricts of Maungtaw and Buthi­daung in Rakhine State in Au­gust, prompt­ing Myan­mar’s se­cu­rity forces to counter the of­fen­sive, caus­ing dis­place­ments of the lo­cal res­i­dents.

The vice pres­i­dent called for strict scru­tiny of for­eign­ers en­ter­ing the coun­try, while pro­tect­ing nor­mal in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, diplo­mats, per­son­nel of UN agen­cies and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions as well as for­eign­ers with other visas.

He added that de­fense against black-listed per­sons and ter­ror­ists can only be achieved through proper as­sess­ment and scru­tiny.

Myan­mar formed the 19-mem­ber FMPCC in June 2016 to ef­fec­tively carry out tasks to scru­ti­nise for­eign­ers that en­ter the coun­try and pro­tect them.

There are four in­ter­na­tional exit and en­try gates in Myan­mar, namely Yan­gon, Man­dalay and Nay Pyi Taw in­ter­na­tional air­ports and Yan­gon In­ter­na­tional Thi­lawa Port. Be­sides there are 23 other bor­der gates. – Xin­hua

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