A coordination meeting on the status and progress of repatriating and resettling returnees was held at the Rakhine State Government’s building yesterday.
At the meeting, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu said restoration of peace and stability have been carried out ever since the violent attacks on 25 August 2017, and with the State Counsellor herself leading the efforts, stability is being swiftly restored. But despite these efforts, people have been leaving their homes to cross into other countries. Even though the state government tried to resolve this situation, it has grown from a state issue to an issue of national concern. Consequently, the state government is not only performing repatriation and resettlement of returnees, but also planning for their long-term socio-economic development in collaboration with the union government.
Next, Vice Chairman (2) of the Repatriation and Resettlement of Returnees Committee U Khin Maung Tin, who is also the Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, explained the process of implementing directions from the President’s Office, preparing temporary lodging for returnees at the reception centres, distributing humanitarian aid, preparing transportation, providing security, and keeping records of all activities.
Afterwards, State Minister for Security and Border Affairs Colonel Phone Tint and State Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Mining U Kyaw Lwin, both of whom are Joint-Chair (1) and (2), respectively, of the Committee for Aiding Repatriation and Resettlement of Returnees, explaining the preparation processes for before and after the arrival of repatriates.
This was followed by departmental officials in attendance explaining their completed processes and collaboration between relevant ministries, to which the Deputy Minister and Chief Minister provided suggestions and discussions.
Also present at the meeting were State Chief Justice U Kyauk, state ministers and invited officials.
Tin Tun (IPRD)