Myanmar to speed up repatriation of returnees from Bangladesh

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Union Ministers U Kyaw Tint Swe and Dr. Win Myat Aye attend the coordination meeting at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, attended coordination meeting 6/2018 of the Rakhine State Repatriation and Resettlement of Returnees Committee, held at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday.
The Union Minister urged those attending the meeting to cooperate to ensure increased repatriation in the near
future.
Also, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, in his capacity as Chairman of the Repatriation and Resettlement of Returnees Committee, said repatriation and resettlement are important responsibilities that the committee undertakes. He noted that cooperation is also important, since the social issue has continued for years and is related to state politics and security.
He added that affairs in Rakhine State are being handled by the Central Committee on Implementation of Peace, Stability and Development in Rakhine State, chaired by the State Counsellor, the UEHRD, the Committee for Implementation of Recommendations on Rakhine State, and the Working Committee for Repatriation and Resettlement of Returnees, with a similar committee to be formed, as necessary.
The Union Minister also called for the systematic implementation of decisions made during the first to fifth coordination meeting of the committee.
Next, Committee Vice-Chair 2 U Khin Maung Tin, who is also Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, discussed preparations for the repatriation process and the need to submit punctual reports about unusual occurrences.
Afterwards, Chairman of the Working Committee for Repatriating Returnees Deputy Minister U Soe Aung discussed the status of the Hla Poe Kaung Transit Camp and the resettled villages, including providing for education, healthcare and livelihoods. He also urged cooperation from all relevant departments.
The meeting continued with the attending committee members and secretaries submitting discussions for ongoing tasks, requirements and future plans, while union ministers responded to the discussions.

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