SWRR Deputy Minister, Japanese Ambassador visit IDPs in Rakhine

Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama shakes hands with a resident of Bawdupha IDP camp. Photo: mna
Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama shakes hands with a resident of Bawdupha IDP camp. Photo: MNA

A delegation led by Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung and Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama arrived in Sittway Township and discussed the closure of internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camps, resettlement programmes and socio-economic development with those in charge of the camp and residents yesterday morning.
The deputy minister and the Japanese ambassador, accompanied by the Rakhine State development affairs minister, arrived at Thetkepyin IDP camp in the township and met those in charge and residents. During the meeting, the ambassador said they had met with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who told them to visit Rakhine State, study its real situation, and give suggestions on the means to deal with the situation. He said they had conducted field tours in the state to provide humanitarian aid and invited suggestions on the requirements in connection with resettlement and socio-development.
Those in charge and residents agreed to the IDP camps closure programme, suggesting that they be resettled at their original place or built homes in nearby places. They also discussed freedom of movement, continuous provision for food, healthcare services, educational needs, and provision for electricity and transport until after the closure of the IDP camps. Further, they spoke about the pursuance of university education and citizenship.
In his response, the deputy minister thanked them for their frank discussions, pointing out the need to adopt short-term, as well as long-term programmes, for their requirement. He said the state government was compiling data for the continuous pursuance of higher education, explaining his knowledge of national identity card holders national registration cardholders, national verification cardholders and citizenship applicants among the residents. The deputy minister assured cooperation of volevant ministring in dealing with their requirements, in accordance with the law.
The ambassador said he would find the means to deal with the matter, in accordance with the existing laws of Myanmar, through cooperation between the Myanmar and Japanese governments, and generate jobs.
The deputy minister, the ambassador and the delegation visited Daungdokka and Bawdupha camps in Sittway and discussed their closure and resettlement, as well as the socio-economic development undertakings.
In the evening, the delegation visited Nidin camp in Kyauktaw and discussed the resettlement of camp residents at places adjacent to the former villages. —Myanmar News Agency

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