U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation, who is attending the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, met Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ms. Ine Erikesen Søreide and signed the Memorandum of Understanding to establish Foreign Office Consultations between Myanmar and Norway at the United Nations Headquarters on 26th September. They also discussed holding of regular consultations according to the MOU, and to enhance development cooperation in the areas of mutual interest including fish for development programme.
The Union Minister also apprised the Norwegian Minister of the measures taken by the Government to receive the verified displaced persons from Rakhine State on the basis of the bilateral arrangements between Myanmar and Bangladesh. He also explained that many displaced persons wishing to return do not dare to express their desire due to the threats of ARSA terrorist group. However, he said there were a number of people who had recently returned to Rakhine State voluntarily with their own arrangement.
He also said that according to the recent report by DW News from Germany mentioned that there are more than thousands of ARSA terrorists operating inside the camps in Cox’s Bazar. The threats posed by the ARSA terrorists have caused the major obstacles for the repatriation work and it is becoming a major security challenge. He also informed her of the government efforts to create conducive environment for the returnees with the cooperation of ASEAN and the UN agencies and he welcomed the constructive assistance provided by the international community and development partners including Norway. — MNA