Myanmar government assures it is working to ensure safe return of refugees

THE Ministry of Border Affairs and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees jointly hosted a consultation workshop on a strategic operation plan for the voluntary repatriation of Myanmar refugees in Thailand in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address, Union Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung said that the government will make the necessary arrangements to ensure the return home of Myanmar refugees on the Myanmar-Thailand border with safety and with dignity.
According to sources, some of 105,000 Myanmar refugees, living in a total of nine camps along the Myanmar-Thailand border, are planning to return home.
The ministry is planning to ink another MoU with the UNHCR in regard to the ongoing projects to provide returning Myanmar citizens with education, health services, clean water, infrastructure and vocational training, added the Union minister. According to the ministry, it has been implementing such projects since 2013 in Kayin, Mon, Kayah, Shan and Chin States and Taninthayi and Bago Regions with the use of US$ 9.05million in cooperation with the UNHCR.
The Union minister called for a repatriation plan to be developed at the workshop in order to ensure the return of Myanmar refugees in safety, stressing the need for collaborative efforts between the ministry, ethnic groups, CSOs, ethnic communities and the UNHCR.
During the workshop those present held roundtable discussions on the challenge of repatriating refugees and developing strategic operational plans.—Myanmar News Agency

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