Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, yesterday met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at Zeyar Thiri Beikman in Nay Pyi Taw and said that he can’t accept the numbers related to people who have fled across the border that was being presented by the Bangladeshi government.
Regarding the fleeing of the people referred to by Myanmar authorities as “Bengalis” to Bangladesh, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said that the western countries including the US had used words alleging that these people had fled due to the use of force from Myanmar Tatmadaw.
The western countries needed to know what he called “the real situation”. The government would accept the people fleeing to Bangladesh in accordance with 1982 Citizenship Law and Myanmar-Bangladesh Bilateral Agreement, he said.
A similar incident had happened in 1978. At that time, although totaling 156,630 person based on the statistics of Myanmar fled to Bangladesh, Myanmar accepted over 186,900 persons proposed by Bangladesh under the bilateral agreement, increasing more than 30,000 persons.
Now, it was impossible to accept the number of persons proposed by Bangladesh. The government would carry out such issues and the Tatmadaw [Military] would be helping the government.
Later, thwe two discussed the formation of an investigation team in Rakhine state, and ways to combat terrorism and the narcotics trade.