Government, UN agencies, int’l aid orgs discuss humanitarian aid in northern Rakhine

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Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, fifth from left) delivers aid to villagers on his visit to the villagers in northern Rakhine. Photo: MNA

The government is optimistic about the current cooperation with the UN and INGOs in providing humanitarian aid to the areas affected by the violent attacks in October and November, hoping that the international aid groups would clarify the genuine situation in the conflict areas to refute the alleged abuses.
“Currently we are leading to regional development through the humanitarian aid and that would be helpful for the local people to stand on their own two feet for their livelihood,” said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
The remarks came following a meeting by the government mission led by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye with UN agencies and INGOs over the current challenges of aid organisations in northern Rakhine yesterday.
The meeting was held after the Union Minister’s two-day trip to villages affected by the violent attacks in October and November.
At the meeting held at the Maungtaw General Administration Office yesterday, the two sides discussed further cooperation in providing humanitarian aid to the conflict areas and contributions to regional development.
The Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister, who was with the Union minister at the meeting, also clarified the security affairs in the state.
“The UN and the INGOs also understand that just providing humanitarian aid can not lead to development in the region,” said the Union Minister.
The meeting was attended by representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Japanese aid group BAJ, Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Care, the World Food Programme (WFP), Malteser and Community and Family Services International (CFSI). The government mission led by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye delivered aid to 25 villagers in northern Rakhine during two days of their trip. — Zin Oo

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