Rohingya repatriation prioritised
YANGON: Myanmar leader State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday said her government will prioritise the repatriation of displaced Rohingya Muslims who recently fled the strife-torn Rakhine State across the border into Bangladesh.
Speaking in a rare televised address to the public, Ms Suu Kyi outlined the priorities in implementing the commitments her government has made regarding the Rakhine issue naming them as repatriation, resettlement and development.
“In the Rakhine State, there are so many things to be done. If we are to take stock and prioritise, there are three main tasks,” she said.
“First, repatriation of those who have crossed over to Bangladesh and providing humanitarian assistance effectively. Secondly, resettlement and rehabilitation. Third, bringing development to the region and establishing durable peace.”
Ms Suu Kyi’s remarks came a day after the United Nations accused Myanmar’s military of deliberately driving out the Rohingya Muslims from the country with a plan to permanently keep them across the border.
A UN report released by a team of three experts mandated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday said that Myanmar’s military operations in Rakhine State aim not only to drive the Rohingya Muslims from the country but prevent their return.
Myanmar authorities have said military operations are aimed at combating the threat of “terrorism” in Rakhine.
Ms Suu Kyi said she will also form a new body named called the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State, aiming to implement projects in all sectors, for the development of Rakhine State.
The new body, which would be chaired by Ms Suu Kyi, would allow all the stakeholders, both local and international organisations, to work together in cooperation in all sectors and all strata of society to bring development in Rakhine State, she said.
“We will use this programme to show practical and progressive results as we work towards the emergence of a peaceful and developed Rakhine State,” Ms Suu Kyi added.