Yangon, 31 May — Leader of Myanmar delegation to the emergency meeting on irregular migration managed to refute accusations that boat people were from Myanmar, U Htin Lin, the leader of the delegation, told MNA.
The delegation attended the emergency meeting to show that Myanmar is a responsible country and to allay the concern of regional countries but the meeting resulted in two positive outcomes for Myanmar, according to the delegation leader.
The accusation that Myanmar was the original country of boat people was refuted by the delegation, which clearly explained the participants that they were from a neighbouring country and that Myanmar was just a transit country.
The delegation told the meeting that Myanmar rescued the boat people on humanitarian grounds and would repatriate them.
One of the members of the delegation, Police Brig-Gen Win Naing Tun of Anti-Human Trafficking Unit told MNA that other focuses of the meeting included cooperation for combat against human trafficking and people smuggling and search and rescue efforts of boat people.
Another delegation member blamed human trafficking gangs for the plight of boat people. Director of Rakhine State General Administration Department U Moe Hein, a member of the delegation, said that real culprits of the plight of boat people were human trafficking gangs and pointed out that all regional countries were necessary to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking.
Later at the meeting, the discussions no longer blamed Myanmar by saying that boat people were from Myanmar as the delegation leader had already provided the evidence of the origin of boat people, another delegation member U Tin Chel, the director-general of Immigration and National Registration Department said.
Daw Yu Yu Swe, director of the Social Welfare Department also explained the rehabilitation efforts of her department for the human trafficking victims at the meeting.—MNA