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  • Programs for repatriation of displaced people from Maungtaw region had already been made on the Myanmar side. With the firm determination to keep our pledges, we have constantly been implementing what we have to do, hence our readiness for accepting those who will come back, according to the agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar. In spite of the fact that we are ready to implement the repatriation program as included in the agreement, there are delays on the other side, for some reasons.
    Members of the advisory board for the Committee for implementation of recommendations on Rakhine State, staff from the secretariat and reporters from local and foreign media went to Maungtaw and Kyaukphyu regions in Raknine State to witness situations on the ground concerning the arrangement for the repatriation of returnees. The advisory board led by Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, former deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Thailand, with experts from home and abroad as members, inspected the area for the first time since the formation of the advisory board on 14th December, 2017.
    After attacks by extremist terrorists in Maungtaw on 25th August last year, efforts were being made for establishing stability, peace and rule of law in the region. At that time, a great number of displaced persons left for the neighboring country. At that time members of the international community and those who encouraged the displaced persons, claiming that they should be accepted urgently, tried to change their tune just at the present time when preparations for repatriating returnees systematically had already been made. We can now see signs and symptoms to put global pressure on Myanmar after labeling new titles, so that inconveniences and problems can be created.
    The advisory board led by Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai had discussions with the State Counsellor on 22nd January and with Vice President U Myint Swe and party on 23rd January respectively, making a trip to Rakhine State on January 24 and 25 to study situations on the ground and to meet with the local people. During the meeting on 22 January, Governor Bill Richardson, a member of the advisory board went beyond the framework of the advisory board, focusing on his personal agenda and self-interests. And, there were false allegations concerning the advisory board in meeting with international media.
    The affairs of Maungtaw, a part of Rakhine State are actually the affairs of our nation. Accordingly, we ourselves are required to perform the tasks of bringing about peace and stability of the region, security of the local people, and regional development. In doing so, we have to acquire suggestions and necessary assistance from good friends with correct understanding towards us. On the other hand, we feel sorry for those who went away with their backs toward us. They have proven themselves to be fair weather friends.
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