The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population signed the exchange of letters with the UNDP and the UNHCR to support the repatriation programmes of internally displaced persons from Rakhine State.
The signing ceremony was held at the ministry’s headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday in the presence of its Union Minister U Thein Swe, Deputy Minister for the Office of State Counsellor U Khin Maung Tin, Deputy Minister for MoLIP U Soe Aung, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs U Soe Han, Permanent Secretary of MoLIP U Aye Lwin, departmental officials, Ms Dawn Del Rio, Acting Resident Representative for UNDP Myanmar Country Office and Ms Cecile Fradot, Acting Resident Representative of the UNHCR in Myanmar.
Union Minister U Thein Swe said that the MoLIP, the UNDP and the UNHCR signed an MoU on 6 June 2018 for supporting repatriation programme of IDPs from Rakhine State; implementation of this MoU was continued with the one-year exchange of letters signed on 28 May 2019 for the period from 6 June 2019 to 5 June 2020; this is another one year extension of the existing MoU for the second time from 6 June 2020 to 5 June 2021.
Myanmar and Bangladesh has formed a joint work group with 13 representatives each from the foreign affairs ministries of both countries and they have met four times.
The Union Minister added his office has scrutinized the list of IDPs sent by Bangladesh’s foreign affairs ministry and returned it through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Myanmar; the Technical Working Group has held 12 meetings and staff members of UNDP and UNHCR has made seven field trips to Buthidaung and Maungtaw in Rakhine; a total of 45 projects have been permitted based on the findings for immediate results, including the new projects in Nyaung Chaung and Padin villages in April.
Myanmar government has facilitated the field visits of foreign staff of UNDP, UNHCR and partner organizations, and extension of their visas.
Permanent Secretary of MoLIP U Aye Lwin and acting resident representatives UNDP and UNHCR signed exchange of letters in the presence of the Union Minister and senior officials of the ministry.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)