Ro­hingya repa­tri­a­tion pri­ori­tised

Bangkok Post - - ASIA - KY­ODO

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.

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