October 19, 2017

State Counsellor meets Implementation Committee for the Recommendations on Rakhine State

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the members of Implementation Committee for the recommendations on Rakhine State at the meeting hall of the President Office in Nay Pyi Taw on 22 September 2017. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with the members of Implementation Committee for the recommendations on Rakhine State at the meeting hall of the President Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with the members of Implementation Committee for the recommendations on Rakhine State at the meeting hall of the President Office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.The meeting was attended by the Union Ministers Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe, Lieutenant General Ye Aung, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Dr. Pe Myint, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr. Aung Thu, U Thant Sin Maung, U Thein Swe, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Dr. Myint Htwe, U Win Khine, Dr. Win Myat Aye, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Nyi Pu, Deputy Ministers, Chief of Myanmar Police Force, Heads of Departments and members of Implementation Committee.At the meeting, the State Counsellor said that with regard to the refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, it has been stated that the refugees would be repatriated back to Myanmar in accordance with the agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh in 1993. She also highlighted the importance of the verification process, the designation of places to receive those who have fled Myanmar, the establishment of the Working Group for the verification process, and the rehabilitation and resettlement programmes not only for the Muslims but also for Rakhines, Mro, Daing-net and Mramagyi as well as the Hindu minority who had to flee their places due to ARSA terrorists’ attacks. Moreover, she also stressed the need to effectively implement the rehabilitation, resettlement and long-term development programmes.
The State Counsellor was also briefed by the Union Ministers and members of the Implementation Committee.
The State Counsellor also stressed that the decision reached at the meeting must be implemented immediately.
At today’s meeting, the following points were decided:
• To include the need to preserve culture, customs and traditions of the ethnic minorities including Mro and Daingnet ethnic groups in the resettlement programmes for the displaced communities, which will be implemented with advice from UN-HABITAT;
• To repatriate those who had fled Myanmar to Bangladesh based on mutual agreement between the two countries in 1993 and set up a Working Group to conduct systematic verification process for urgent repatriation;
• To seek advice of UN-HABITAT so as to include sustainable development aspects in the resettlement programmes for the affected community. This will include building road networks, constructing electrical grids, sewage systems, schools, hospitals and police outposts;
• To speed up the search of 93 Hindu victims from Tamanthar Village who were attacked by ARSA terrorists;
• There had been request made to the Bangladesh Border Guards for the repatriation of 6 Hindu women and 3 children who were said to be living in the IDP camp at the border area. Additionally, request should be made to the Bangladesh authorities through the Diplomatic Channel;
• To dispatch the lists of terrorist attackers to the Bangladesh Government, INTERPOL and the UN.
The Myanmar side will again issue an invitation for the visit of the Bangladesh Minister for Home Affairs to Myanmar to discuss bilateral cooperation for the security of the border areas between the two countries. This visit was previously postponed by the Bangladeshi side. A similar invitation had also been issued by the Chief of the Myanmar Police Force to his counterpart. The meeting also decided to arrange a tour for the Diplomatic Corps next week. The meeting concluded in the early afternoon.

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