The Advisory Board to the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State submitted its Final Report to the Union Government in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
The Advisory Board which is chaired by Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai held talks with the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday handed over its Final Report to the committee.
It was attended by Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Chairman of the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State, U Nyi Pu, Chief Minister of Rakhine State and Joint-Chairman of the committee, and deputy chairman, secretary and joint secretary of the committee.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, expressed his satisfaction that the Advisory Board, since its formation in January this year, had taken its advisory and coordination role to promote further closer cooperation between the Union Government and the international communities in implementing the recommendations.
He also noted that since January 2018 when the Advisory Board began it works, relations between the Government of Myanmar and the UN had improved as seen by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Union Government and the UNHCR and UNDP.
He also expressed his belief that the Committee on Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State will make progress in its ongoing efforts as the Advisory Board has already submitted its Final Report to the Union Government.
Cooperation with UN in repatriation, implementing recommendations
Speaking at the meeting, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State, said MoU between Myanmar and UNDP, UNHCR for successful repatriation was signed on 6 June 2018. The Technical Working Group-TWG, comprised of representatives from relevant Ministries and UNDP and UNHCR, convened their coordination meetings for three times.
He continued to say that the TWG also conducted their first field visit to Rakhine State from 21 to 23 July 2018 in order to effectively implement the MoU.
As agreed in 3rd TWG meeting, UNDP and UNHCR are now proceeding with the field assessment to the agreed 13 village-tracts encompassing the 23 villages, said Dr. Win Myat Aye.
Full Humanitarian Access
Humanitarian assistances have been provided to all communities by the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Rehabilitation and Development in Rakhine State-UEHRD, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Red Cross Movement-RCM in accordance with the Humanitarian Principles, he said, WFP also provides food assistance to the communities.
“The Government of Myanmar has now established the Independent Commission of Enquiry as part of its national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine. The commission comprises two International Figures. The independent Commission will investigate the allegations of human rights violations related issues, following the terrorist attacks by ARSA,” said the Union Minister.
Redouble the efforts on closure of IDP camps
Regarding the closing of IDP camps, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye said there are only 19 IDP camps left in Rakhine State, after closing three camps suggested in the interim report.
“As suggested by Advisory Board, now we are going to close six more camps. Now Ni Din IDP Camp in Kyauktaw is closed and all 85 families had been moved to new houses. Taung Paw Camp in Myay Bon was being closed and 100 new houses had been constructed and 100 families had been moved. Another 100 news houses will be build soon and budget are already allocated. Thet Kal Pyin and Gaung Dottha-1 and -2 camps in Sittway and Kyauk Ta Lone camp in Kyauk Phyu are also given priorities to be closed,” said Dr. Win Myat Aye.
Discussion between authorities, communities, international partners and IDPs are being carried out by the committee, said the Chairman of the Committee.
“National IDP Camp Closure Strategy is being formulated together with the UN and partners. Workshop on that was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 2 June 2018 and continued meetings and discussions between our Ministry and UN partners to formulate the strategy very soon in accordance with international standard,” said Dr. Win Myat Aye.
Comprehensive anti-terrorism approach
Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to intensify cooperation on counter terrorism through exchange of intelligence, closer cooperation between the border-guard officials and conducting enhanced coordinated border patrols.
Benefits of NVC holders
He continued to say that efforts were put in to speed up the national verification process in accordance with the existing laws and regulations, adding that arrangements have been made for NV card applicants to simultaneously apply for the citizenship scrutinization process.
Freedom of movement for those holding NVC is granted in Maungtaw District as first step, and the authorities are trying to expand that to other districts, he added.
“We are considering and discussion to conduct the comparative sudy of the citizenship laws and practices on some ASEAN countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Laos etc.,” said Dr. Win Myat Aye.
In his concluding remarks, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye acknowledged the tireless effort and recommendations made by the Advisory Board to the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State, expressing his belief that the final report will bring the opportunities to support efforts to get significant progress in implementation activities of the committee.
At the meeting, Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, handed over US$ 60,000 for emergency aid in flood-hit areas across the country donated by the Friends in Need (of “Pa”) Volunteers Foundation, Thai Red Cross, to Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye.
Union Ministers U Kyaw Tint Swe, U Thaung Tun, Dr. Win Myat Aye, UEHRD Chief-Coordinator Dr. Aung Tun Thet and members of the Committee on Implementing the Recommendations on Rakhine State hosted a luncheon in honour the Advisory Board’s chairman and members.