Foreign countries welcome establishment of Independent Commission of Enquiry, MoU between Myanmar, UN Agencies concerning Rakhine issue

Foreign countries welcomed the establishing of an Independent Commission of Enquiry and the Memorandum of Understanding-MoU on assistance to repatriation process between Myanmar government and the UN agencies.
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population of Myanmar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) agreed on the texts of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons to Rakhine State.
The statement released by the Foreign Ministry of Japan, said the Government of Japan welcomes these as important key progress towards improvement of the human rights and humanitarian situation and the “voluntary, safe and dignified” repatriation of the displaced persons to Rakhine State.
Japan expect that the Independent Commission of Enquiry will implement a credible and transparent investigation and that appropriate measures will be taken as a result of the investigation, said the statement.
The statement also said that MOU would be the foundation for these UN agencies to conduct activities in Rakhine State for the first time since the attacks in August 2017.

People’s Republic of China
Foreign Ministry of China, said on 7 June, that China welcomed the memorandum signed between the UNHCR, the UNDP and the government of Myanmar, saying that it shows that all parties are committed to resolving the issue through dialogue and cooperation.
China hoped that the government of Myanmar could closely cooperate with relevant UN agencies and earnestly implement the memorandum, said the ministry.
As a friendly neighbor to Myanmar and Bangladesh, China has been closely following the evolvement of the situation in the Rakhine State and playing a positive part in seeking a proper settlement, said the Foreign Ministry of China.
China stands ready to work with the international community and continue to play a positive role in providing an enabling environment to promote dialogue between Myanmar and Bangladesh, seek a practical solution to the issue, maintain long-term stability in the Rakhine State, and realize prosperity and development for the Rakhine State, said Foreign Ministry of China.

Embassy of France also released a statement to welcome the MoU between the government and UN agencies.
This tripartite agreement is an important step toward preparing the conditions necessary for the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of the displaced persons, said the statement.
In this respect, France continues to support the work of the UN and the humanitarian organizations on the ground.—GNLM

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