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Plans made for systematic repatriation of refugees


 Date : 13 January 2018


According to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Myanmar and Bangladesh, preparations are being made for the return of refugees to Rakhine State, said Deputy Chairman of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State Dr. Win Myat Aye.


“Plans are being made for the returnees to make systematic repatriation, which will begin from January 23, 2018”, said Dr. Win Myat Aye, also Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, at the coordination meeting in at the Rakhine State Government Office in Sittway yesterday.


“We have already built relief houses for the displaced persons, and it is very important for everyone

to participate in the UEHRD, which is a union-level project as well,” he added.


The Union Attorney-General’s office has suggested that relief camps and houses should be built in accordance with the standards and rules prescribed by the ministry.


“To cope with the current issues and challenges in Rakhine State, we should make concerted efforts. It is of vital importance to address the issues and challenges in Rakhine by using correct methods and means; therefore, cooperation efforts must gain momentum to cope with the difficulties”, the UEHRD vice

chairman said.


According to the MoU, arrangements are being made to resettle the returnees in their former hometowns or in the nearest locations available after they return to the region.


“Moreover, construction projects, including for police stations, schools, clinics and markets, will be implemented in accordance with international standards. The construction projects must be finished in time due to the time limitations”, the minister said.


To implement the requirements, cooperation among the ministries, such as the ministry for construction and the ministry for electricity and energy, is important, he said.


“We will provide the necessary assistance to the government service personnel who will be working in this region,” he stated.


Rakhine Chief Minister U Nyi Pu further clarified the ongoing process to carry out the projects in Rakhine State.


Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung, departmental heads and other officials gave suggestions on relevant matters during the meeting. —Myanmar New Agency


Source : GNLM ( Global New Light of Myanmar )



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