August 20, 2016

Myanmar negotiates release of fishermen detained by India

Nay Pyi Taw, 20 July — Myanmar officials are arranging the repatriation of fishermen detained for illegally entering Indian waters, the Myanmar News Agency reported Monday.
India has agreed to use its coast guard ships to transport the detained Myanmar fishermen after monsoon to Cocogyun Island in Myanmar waters.
Earlier this year, 411 Myanmar fishermen were returned from India by air after being released from Port Blair prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The fishermen currently held by India have been moved from the prison to the nearby Open Distress Camp.
The Myanmar Embassy in New Delhi and India’s Ministry of External Affairs are coordinating the repatriation. As part of the verification process, two representatives from the Myanmar Embassy in New Delhi and the Myanmar Consulate in Kolkata will go to the camp to verify the identities of fishermen held there.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security and International Organization of Migration (IOM), a total of 514 trafficked Myanmar citizens earlier this year returned home from Indonesia’s Benjina Island.— MNA


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