Govt proposes MoU to UNDP and UNHCR to cooperate in government’s efforts in carrying out livelihood development for all communities in Rakhine State

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Kyaw Tin (second on the left), Minister for International Cooperation, attends at the 18th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 5 to 6 April. (Photo-MOFA)

The Government has proposed a draft MOU to UNDP and UNHCR to jointly assist the Government’s efforts in carrying out livelihood development for all communities in Rakhine State and for repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons respectively, said Kyaw Tin, Minister for International Cooperation.

The remarks of the minister came from the statement about “Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development” he made during the interactive debate at the 18th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 5 to 6 April 2018.

Kyaw Tin said, “The Government has also put in place an effective mechanism to deliver humanitarian assistance to all affected communities through Red Cross Movement and AHA Centre, WFP and FAO. The Government has proposed a draft MOU to UNDP and UNHCR to jointly assist the Government’s efforts in carrying out livelihood development for all communities in Rakhine State and for repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons respectively.

“Myanmar is working bilaterally with Bangladesh for early repatriation of the displaced people of Rakhine State through a joint working group following the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries since 23 November last year. Myanmar has sent back a list of hundreds of peoples which the government was able to verify, even though the forms received from Bangladesh are not in conformity with the agreed prescribed form for repatriation. Myanmar side is ready to receive verified returnees back any time.”

The Union Minister further elaborated that the Government has been implementing the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission through formation of a Ministerial-level implementation committee, an Advisory Board comprised of local and foreign eminent personalities and the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD), Kyaw Tin said.

Kyaw Tin added, “The issue of Rakhine State has become the centre of the world’s attention due to incessant media reports portraying it as a religious issue. In fact, the Rakhine problem is not an issue of religious discrimination as widely portrayed, but it is a political and economic issue involving illegal migration, resource competition, poverty, citizenship issue, rule of law and national security. The Government is fully committed to find a sustainable solution that would lead to peace, stability and development for all communities within the State.”

Edited Win Htut