Deputy Information Minister U Aung Hla Tun receives Netherlands Ambassador H.E. Wouter Jurgens

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Deputy MInister for Information U Aung Hla Tun holds talk with Netherlands Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Wouter Jurgens in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.—Photo: MNA

U Aung Hla Tun, Deputy Minister for Information, received the Netherlands Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Wouter Jurgens at the guestroom of the Ministry in Nay Pyi Taw at 10 a.m. on Friday.
In response to queries by the ambassador, the Deputy Minister said that those who had fled to Bangladesh had not been able to return although Myanmar had done its best to make the repatriation process ready just because Bangladesh had not sent them back.
It is not possible to accept all those people in a single day and Myanmar would like the repatriation process to start as soon as possible since the Monsoon is coming soon, he said.
“To tell my personal opinion frankly, I’m very much concerned that Bangladeshi government might try to misuse this issue to their own political advantage,” added the Deputy Minister.
He said Myanmar would not have reached the right track in its transition to democracy without the support by the international community, including the European Union, and the international media.
“The assistance of the international community and international media is crucial to ensure Myanmar’s further transition to democracy is smooth.”
Asked about the situation of the media landscape in Myanmar, the Deputy Minister admitted there is room for improvement, and explained that the laws opposing the press freedom had been under review for amending while some new laws were being drafted to improve the press freedom. Assistance is being provided to government departments and organizations to enable speedy and systematic flow of information.
The Deputy Minister expressed his sincere thanks to the Netherlands for helping Myanmar consistently and also said that he believed the Netherlands would be able to tell Myanmar’s real situations to the international community.

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