Ms Sandra Ratzow, bureau chief of South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand regions of ARD German Radio & TV, interviewed Deputy Minister of Information U Aung Hla Tun at his office in Nay Pyi Taw at 10 am yesterday.
She asked the progress of the repatriation process of those who had fled to Bangladesh and matters concerning the recent trip of the UN Security Council delegation to Myanmar.
In answering the questions, the Deputy Minister said that those who had fled had not been able to return as Bangladesh had not sent them back although Myanmar has done all it can to make the repatriation process ready. Nobody should take any political advantage for their own interest out of this issue, he said.
He requested Bangladesh, the international community and the international media to cooperate with Myanmar in order to make the repatriation process succeed as soon as possible since Monsoon was just around the corner.
He also stressed the importance of the cooperation by the international community and media for Myanmar’s smooth and successful transition to democracy.
He said some international media were very biased in reporting about Myanmar. They often over-sensationalize in reporting sensitive issues and try to set agendas.
Myanmar has been seriously affected by the unethical reports of some international media since the international community tends to rely on the reports by the international media in adopting important policies on a country, he added.
He then explained the media trips to Maungdaw region to help journalists witness the real situation on the ground.
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