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19 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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UN-MYANMAR DEAL ON ROHINGYA RETURN

Disagreement on areas between both sides, admits UN

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Disagreement on areas between 
both sides, admits UN

The UN has admitted that there are areas of disagreement with the Myanmar government in relations to the deal signed between Naypyitaw and the global body on the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who had to flee their homes in Rakhine to escape the unprecedented atrocities committed by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from other ethnic groups.

At the same time, the UN said that efforts are on to resolve the differences without providing any details.

On June 6, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations High Commissioner signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Myanmar government on the return of Rohingyas. But, the details of the MoU were not made public attracting criticism from many quarters.

“Ultimately, there are areas of agreement and of disagreement between the UN on one side and the Government of Myanmar on the other,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson of the UN secretary-general told a regular briefing on Tuesday when asked about the deal.

“We're working to resolve those.  As you'll have seen, the secretary-general addressed these questions recently, and I would just refer you to what he said,” he said.

At a press conference in Cox’s Bazar on July 2, the secretary-general said that this is the first step and this is the concession UN could manage from Myanmar for the time being.    

To another question about the conditions in which the Rohingyas can return to their homes, the deputy spokesperson said, “There are a number of steps that need to happen, including reconciliation and the creation of safe conditions on the ground in Rakhine State that would allow for the Rohingyas who have fled to return.”

“But, we are pressing with that, and this is something that the envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, has also pursued in her visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar both,” he said.

Haq also said, “The conditions are still not there for the return of the Rohingyas.  There have been some steps forward, including the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between UN agencies on one side and the Government of Myanmar on the other.”

“But, ultimately, we need more progress on creating conducive conditions for the return of the Rohingya refugees.  And we are pressing for that, and we'll continue to work for that,” he said.

About the recent visits of the secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar to Bangladesh and Myanmar, the deputy spokesperson said that she travelled to Cox’s Bazar where she visited refugee camps and heard of the atrocities committed in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In her meetings, he said, the special envoy discussed the plight of the Rohingya refugees and expressed her appreciation to the government and people of Bangladesh helping those seeking refuge from violence.

 

 

 

 

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