State Counsellor hopes to sign MOU with Bangladesh

Nyein Ko, Kaung Khant Sithu

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that she hopes to talk to the with Bangladesh Foreign Minister about accepting the people fleeing Rakhine State during violence will be held on November 22 and 23

She hopes to signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the “safe and voluntary return” of the people.

“On November 22 and 23d, there will be talks between two countries and hopes to sign MOU quickly,” she told reporters in response to a question about how Myanmar will solve the problems at the end of a meeting of senior officials at an Asia-Europe Meeting, or Asem, in Nay Pyi Taw.

In accepting the people, Myanmar will work  in accordance with 1990 agreement with Bangladesh and Myanmar will accept those who can show evidences where they lived in Rakhine State.

That agreement did not address the citizenship status of these people.

“It’s on the basis of residency ... this was agreed by the two governments a long time ago with success, so this will be formula Myanmar will continue to follow,” she added.

Officials from both countries began discussions last month on how to process applications by people wanting to return to Myanmar.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali is in Nay Pyi Taw to attend the Asem meeting.