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21 January, 2018 01:02:21 AM
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Myanmar ‘finalising preparations’ for repatriation

STAFF REPORTER
Myanmar ‘finalising preparations’ for repatriation

Myanmar was finishing its preparations to take back the first batch of its nationals, 1258 Rohingya Muslims and Hindus, who fled atrocities by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people belonging to other ethnic groups in Rakhine, from Bangladesh. More than 6.55 lakh Rohingyas have crossed into Cox’s Bazar since August 25, last year to escape the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people belonging to other ethnic groups in Rakhine. This figure is in addition to estimated 3.5 to 4 lakh Rohingyas living in the country for a long time.

On Friday, the United Nations said that the repatriation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar needs to be voluntary and they they need to feel that the situation is safe enough.

According to state media, the Global New Light of Myanmar, a government delegation led by Rakhine State Chief Minister Nyi Pu

visited Maungtaw and inspected the construction of houses to be used for repatriation of returnees from Bangladesh slated to begin on Tuesday.

The delegation visited the Hla Phoe Khaung, Ngakhuya and Taung Pyo Letwe camps and insisted on completion of the finishing touches on buildings, medical clinics and sanitation infrastructures.

The delegation also included the chairman of the Task Force for Rakhine State and Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Khin Maung Tin, the Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung and other officials.

Following the visit to Maungtaw District, the authorities held a meeting in Maungtaw over the work of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State.

According to the Physical Arrangement agreement with Bangladesh, Myanmar will receive verified returnees at Taung Pyo Letwe reception centre for those who will be dispatched by land routes, and Ngakhuya reception centre for those who will be sent back by river routes.

Myanmar will receive returnees five days per week and Bangladesh will provide, in advance, the list of prospective returnees and duly filled verification forms to Myanmar side to ensure a smooth verification process, according to the agreement


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