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February 26, 2018

Authorities in Maungtaw ensure camp completion for returnees

Authorities inspect houses to be used for repatriation of returnees in Taung Pyo Letwe, Maungtaw, Rakhine State. Photo: Htay Aung
Authorities inspect houses to be used for repatriation of returnees in Taung Pyo Letwe, Maungtaw, Rakhine State. Photo: Htay Aung

Authorities toured Maungtaw, Rakhine State, yesterday and inspected the construction of houses to be used for repatriation of returnees from Bangladesh slated to begin next Tuesday.
The delegation headed by Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu visited the Hla Phoe Khaung, Ngakhuya and Taung Pyo Letwe camps and insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation infrastructures. The delegation also included the chairman of the Task Force for Rakhine State and Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Khin Maung Tin, the Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung and other officials.
Following the visit to Maungtaw District, the authorities held a meeting in Maungtaw over the work of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State.
A repatriation plan will begin next Tuesday of the members of the Muslim community who fled Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape conflict in Myanmar last year, following a meeting yesterday of the neighbouring countries. According to the Physical Arrangement agreement with Bangladesh, Myanmar will receive verified returnees at Taung Pyo Letwe reception centre for those who will be dispatched by land routes, and Ngakhuya reception centre for those who will be sent back by river routes.
Myanmar will receive returnees five days per week. Bangladesh will provide, in advance, the list of prospective returnees and duly filled verification forms to Myanmar side to ensure a smooth verification process, according to the agreement.— Aung Ye Thwin, Ko Min

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