August 13, 2017

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Eighty-eight Myanmar fishermen brought home from India safely

Eighty-eight Myanmar fishermen return home on 29th March from Port Blair of India by charter flight. Photo: Zaw Min Latt /MNA

Eighty-eight Myanmar fishermen who had been detained at the Open Distress Camps in India for violating the law of India were repatriated yesterday.
The fishermen arrived at Myanmar International Airport yesterday evening and were welcomed and provided with aid including cash by the government officials from departments concerned and then sent them home.
A group led by U Myint Soe, the director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, had departed from Yangon International Airport to Port Blair of India at about 1pm yesterday.
The fishermen who had been clearly identified as Myanmar citizens were handed over by officials of India, the first secretary of the Embassy of Myanmar in New Delhi, U Zaw Naing Win, heads of embassy in the Consulate General of Myanmar in Kolkata, U Tin Tun Aung and U Kyaw Nay Soe, to Myanmar authorities led by Director U Myint Soe.
It is known that seven of the fishermen were from Tanithayi Region, 66 from Ayeyawady Region, two from Yangon Region and 13 from Rakhine and Mon States. All arrived home safely, officials said. According to the record of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar fishermen were brought back to Myanmar by airlines or ships starting from 1988. But, they were brought back to Myanmar by charter flights in 2011, 2013 and 2015 respectively.—Myanmar News Agency

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