July 02, 2017

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Myanmar hands over 125 boat people to Bangladesh

Bangladesh officials take boat people from Taung Pyo (Let Wè) to  Bangladesh.
Bangladesh officials take boat people from Taung Pyo (Let Wè) to
Bangladesh.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release on 25 August that Myanmar officially handed over additional verified 125 Bangladesh nationals among the boat people rescued by Myanmar in May 2015. They were handed over to Bangladesh side at Myanmar and Bangladesh border after the flag meeting in Taung Pyo (Let Wè).
A team led by U Saw Naing, Deputy Director, Maungtaw District Immigration Officer from Myanmar handed over the 125 Bangladesh nationals to the Commanding Officer of No. 17 Border Guard Battalion of Cox’s Bazar and his team. Acting Police Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Tay Za from Police Border Guard of Myanmar and Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, Consul from the Bangladesh Consulate in Sittway also observed the event. The No. 17 Border Guard Battalion of Cox’s Bazar brought the 125 persons back at 14:10 hrs to Bangladesh.
A total of verified Bangladesh nationals rescued from the two boats have been repatriated to their place of origin, Bangladesh, on five different occasions. Authorities in Bangladesh continue to verify the remaining persons from the two boats rescued. The remaining boat people will be handed over to the country of origin upon completion of the verification process.

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