Myanmar delegation attends Special Meeting on Irregular Migration

Special meeting on irregular migration in the Indian Ocean in progress in Bangkok.
Special meeting on irregular migration in the Indian Ocean in progress in Bangkok.

A Myanmar delegation led by Acting Director-General U Htin Lin of International Organizations  and Economics Department attended the opening ceremony of the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean hosted by Thailand was held at the Anatara Hotel in Bangkok on Friday morning.
The Myanmar delegation includes officials of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Immigration and Population and Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
Present at the meeting were the Thai deputy prime minister and foreign minister, senior officials from 17 countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Lao and Cambodia, observers from the United States, Switzerland and Japan, UN agencies and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
At the meeting, the Thai deputy prime minister highlighted the importance of search and rescue operations, combat against of people smuggling and human trafficking and finding the causes of illegal migration at sea.
Then, officials from the IOM, the UNHCR, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia discussed illegal migrant issues.
Head of the Myanmar delegation clearly stated the view of Myanmar by saying that Myanmar issued a statement on boat people on 19 May to express its concern about the boat people after receiving boat people were drifting at sea and search and rescue operations being carried out and readiness to cooperate the international community. He continued that Myanmar welcomed the joint statement of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand issued on 19 May and Malaysian and Indonesian foreign ministers visited Myanmar on 21 May and discussed prospects for cooperation. He also added that Myanmar formed the emergency management committee for illegal migrants at sea chaired by a vice president to prevent illegal migration, human trafficking and people smuggling and to effectively search and rescue boat people. Myanmar will also attend the ministerial meeting on trans-border crime and Myanmar is ready to cooperate with regional and international countries, according t the acting director-general.
Then, participants held discussions on issues of illegal migration at sea.
The meeting approved the draft minute that includes providing care and protection for boat people in countries they arrive, information sharing, mobilization of resources for emergency response and cooperation for combat against human trafficking and people smuggling.

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