Union Minister reaffirms readiness for repatriation in Rakhine State
Naypyitaw October 1
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye attended the 69th meeting of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme (Ex-COM) at the United Nations in Geneva yesterday. In his speech at the opening session, he stressed the importance of the cooperation between Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the transnational issue. He also reaffirmed Myanmar’s readiness to accept the displaced people who left for Bangladesh, after the terrorist attacks in Rakhine State last year.
“We attach great importance to needs to create peace, stability and development for the repatriation process. Therefore, we signed the MoU with UNDP and UNHCR. The implementation of the MoU has been commenced and the UN teams are now on ground making first phase of their assessment. Myanmar hoped that the undertakings of the UNDP and UNHCR would be not only for the repatriation but also for sustainable peace and development in Rakhine State, through the suggestions and cooperation,” said the Union Minister.
Furthermore, he said that Myanmar Government has established the Independent Commission of Enquiry. The Commission is tasked to investigate allegations of human rights violations and related issues, following the terrorist attacks in Rakhine State, with a view to seeking accountability and reconciliation, and to formulate recommendations on steps to be taken to ensure peace and stability in Rakhine State.