Mutual understanding, constructive cooperation can bring positive outcomes in repatriation process

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  • Repatriation and resettlement are important responsibilities for those committees that have been working to resolve the Rakhine issue, which has continued for years and is related to Myanmar’s politics and security.
    The first group of over 2,260 displaced persons are to be accepted at a rate of 150 per day, beginning 15 November. We have been prepared to receive them since January 23.
    The announcement came after the third Joint Working Group Meeting between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Dhaka on 30 October 2018, as the two sides exchanged views and reviewed the repatriation process, including ensuring a conducive environment, safety, security and confidence building for prospective returnees, along with preparation for resettlement, a verification process, the dissemination of information among returnees about the National Verification Card (NVC), involvement of United Nations Agencies, as well as INGOs and international partners in the processes of repatriation, resettlement and reintegration.
    The Union Government of Myanmar and UN agencies also reached an agreement in June to create conditions that would allow returnees to voluntarily and safely return to Rakhine State.
    Earlier, Myanmar had repeatedly said that the country attaches great importance to the need to create peace, stability and development in the repatriation process and, therefore, it signed the MoU with UNDP and UNHCR.
    Myanmar hoped that the undertakings of the UNDP and UNHCR would not only involve repatriation, but also to seek sustainable peace and development in Rakhine State through suggestions and cooperation.
    At the recent meeting, the two countries also discussed the situation of displaced persons found on Myanmar territory close to the international boundary line between boundary pillars 34 and 35.
    Myanmar has made concerted efforts and preparations for the repatriation and resettlement process, including the UEHRD’s ongoing activities, village plans, construction of villages, livelihood opportunities, education and healthcare services for the returnees, as well as a verification process and the issuance of the National Verification Cards (NVC).
    We do believe that mutual understanding and constructive cooperation, based on the principles of objectivity, mutual respect and bilateral agreements, will bring about a positive outcome in the repatriation process.
    Meanwhile, we should not forget the fact that the threat of terrorist activities was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State. The danger of terrorism remains a real and present danger in Myanmar.
    Hence, we have sought cooperation from the Bangladesh side to take action against ARSA terrorists, including those verified as terrorists from the list of 8032 persons, previously provided by Bangladesh.
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