Aid, rehabilitation, resettlement to be speeded up for Northern Rakhine

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the work coordination on Rakhine State.  Photo: MNA
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the work coordination on Rakhine State.  Photo: MNA

The Union Government has stepped up measures for humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and resettlement in northern Rakhine State, with priorities laid down by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday.
At the coordination meeting on Rakhine State held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday with relevant Union ministers in attendance, the State Counsellor discussed the effective supply of humanitarian aid to the people in the areas where terrorist attacks occurred, along with rehabilitation, resettlement and development in the same areas.
At the meeting, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, who toured conflict areas and met with local people along with ambassadors from five neighbouring countries on Tuesday, reported on findings from the trip. Afterwards, Dr Win Myat Aye, Chairman of the committee on implementing the recommendations on Rakhine State, reported on implementing the works of the committee.
Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe reported on the security situation and Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing on ongoing rehabilitation and construction works for the villagers in northern Rakhine State.
Also present at the meeting were Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Thura U Aung Ko, Dr Aung Thu, U Win Khaing, U Thein Swe and Dr Win Myat Aye and deputy ministers U Khin Maung Tin, U Kyaw Myo and departmental heads.
The meeting was held one day after the diplomatic trip to the northern Rakhine led by Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe.
The trip showed the Myanmar government’s willingness to implement a national verification and repatriation process, while Myanmar’s neighbouring countries are urging them to take steps to solve the issue, which must be done through negotiation between Myanmar and Bangladesh, officials said.
The Union Government has already announced that it will carry out the verification and repatriation of refugees in accordance with the agreed criteria set out in the Joint Statement between Foreign Ministers of Myanmar and Bangladesh in 1992.v — Myanmar News Agency

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