MYANMAR delegation discussed the issue of boat people at the 2nd Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean, stating that the issue of boat people is the result of the human trafficking and people smuggling.
“It is important to consider protecting migrants in the region under the laws of the recipient states in order to have comprehensive and sustainable solution and the cooperation with the respective countries will be made in this regard,” said the Head of the Myanmar Delegation, Acting Director General U Htin Lynn, at the meeting held at the Anatara Hotel in Bangkok yesterday.
The Myanmar delegation also discussed matters related to pull factors for such occurrences: measures of Myanmar for rescued boat people on humanitarian ground and repatriated them to the country of origin.
Myanmar Delegation was composed of officials from Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Immigration and Population and Ministry of Information. Myanmar Ambassador and officials from Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok also participated in the meeting together with the Myanmar Delegation.
The meeting was opened by His Excellency Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and senior officials from Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, People’s Republic of China, European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by senior officials from ASEAN Secretariat, IOM, UNHCR, UNODC and UNDP.
At the meeting, the representatives from UNHCR, IOM, UNODC and EU discussed the matter pertaining to the migrant situations and challenges.
Under the agenda of “Follow-up of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean in the Context of Regional Mechanisms”, the representative from ASEAN Secretariat briefed the activities of ASEAN and the representatives from the countries taking co-chairmanship of Bali Process briefed the meetings of the Process.
The respective representatives briefed the matters relating to the BIMSTEC Sub-Group on Combating People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons. The participants also discussed the matters on promoting safe migration and sustainable livelihood.