The Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye separately received Japan Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Iwao Horii and representatives from Christian Aid Myanmar yesterday afternoon in Maykhalar Hall in Nay Pyi Taw.
During the meeting with the Japanese Parliamentary vice-minister, H.E. Mr. Iwao Horii said there is no change in Japan’s policy of assisting Myanmar from all sides, with the understanding that Myanmar is resolving Rakhine issue with much difficulties. Japan strongly condemns the attacks on security posts, concerned of the news of about 400,000 displaced persons and would like to openly discuss these matters, Mr. Iwao Horii said.
The Union Minister said the incumbent democratic government has only been in power for 18 months, and establishment of democracy, rule of law and a socio-economic base were given priority. Work on national reconciliation is also being conducted consistently. The Union Minister discussed priority being given to states where development is lagging behind, the status of work on Rakhine State development by forming a Central Committee for the Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State and four work committees, the status of forming an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, attacks on police posts in October 2016 after this committee was formed, accusations made on conducting area clearance operations in response to the attacks, and other issue in western Myanmar.
According to the population records, 44 per cent of the total population in the conflict area fled to Bangladesh while 56 per cent remain in the villages, said the Union Minister.
“ More than 400,000 of refugees who were said to have fled does not make up four-four per cent of the total population of 700,000,” said Dr Win Myat Aye. The repatriation would be carried out in accordance with the 1993 Bangladesh-Myanmar agreement, he added.
The Japan Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs said the international view in New York at the United Nations meeting on the events in Rakhine State was learnt to be very strong. With Japan being a friendly country to Myanmar, Japan will stand with its friend in resolving the difficulties faced by Myanmar.
Japan plans to provide emergency assistance of US$1 million and also intend to help in the repatriation and resettlement of people who fled to the other country. Japan will also help Myanmar government’s implementation of suggestions on Rakhine State and would like to know assistance required to conduct the priority works.
Plans already in existence to set up industrial zones need to be implemented. Socio-economic development in Rakhine State can be achieved by establishing garment factories with good roads, communications and electrical power supply. In the current difficult situation, a correct international stance is important.
Rakhine State is a region where disasters can occur and it needs to withstand the disasters and needs financial and technical assistance for redevelopment.
In the meeting with Christian Aid Myanmar, the Union Minister said three groups were formed to collect information to conduct a basic social survey in order to provide moral and social assistance to ethnic nationals who were displaced by terrorists attacks in Rakhine State and moral assistance were being provided, international donations and donations provided by well-wishers were being used effectively and systematically and discussed openly on cooperating it is learnt.