Negotiation without obstinacy key to success of IDP camp closure programme

Steps are being taken to shut down the IDP camps in the country in accordance with the tasks prescribed in the National Strategy for the closure of nationwide IDP camps and resettlement of IDPs.
The national strategy envisages that all displaced people at IDP camps return home safely and with dignity and rebuild their lives without depending on others.
While implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, the Union Government is implementing its National Strategy for the Closure of internally displaced person (IDP) camps.
In Rakhine State, five IDP camps have been closed and about 4,686 IDPs from the camps have been resettled.
Now, plans are underway to close the Kyauktalone IDP Camp in Kyaukpyu Township in line with the national strategy, paying heeds to wishes of displaced persons in the camp.
The Union Government and the Rakhine State Government held negotiations with the IDPs for several times.
All stakeholders are obliged to negotiate with transparency to ensure that the IDPs do not become exploited by rumours. Meanwhile, those living in the IDP camps are urged not to be swayed by rumours so that the closure of the IDP camp would not be delayed.
Negotiations are a two-way thing – both sides have to come to a compromise. Negotiation with obstinacy is not helpful for both sides to reach a consensus.
The Union Government is committed to resettlement of IDPs in a manner that is consistent with the rules and regulations of the respective region and state governments. Also, choosing the sites for relocation and land management must be carried out in conformity with the law. All stakeholders are urged to understand the national strategy, policies and tasks with the IDPs, which is committed to ensuring that displaced people rebuild their lives with safety and dignity, without depending upon others.
We can not accomplish the closure IDP camp within a day. However, we are confident that we can achieve the goal through negotiations as we have faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person.

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