Union Minister for International Cooperation calls in Bangladesh Ambassador

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Union Minister U Kyaw Tin receives Mr. Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury, Ambassador of People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Myanmar, on Tuesday in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin called in the Ambassador of People’s Republic of Bangladesh to Myanmar Mr. Manjurul Karim Khan Chowdhury on 8 May 2018 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw and raised a number of border security issues and challenges hindering early repatriation of the displaced persons.
During the meeting, the Union Minister officially objected to the recent construction of bunkers and other structures by the Bangladeshi side near the borderline in the Non-Construction Zone and called for the removal of those structures, as such activities violate the bilateral Boundary Demarcation Treaty between the two countries. The Union Minister also conveyed Myanmar’s request to the authorities of Bangladesh to stop assisting construction of sheds and shelters on the Myanmar side of the Non-Construction Zone and sought the cooperation of Bangladesh in facilitating the return of the displaced persons illegally staying inside the Zone.
The Union Minister also informed the Ambassador that a total of 368 people of Rakhine/ Mro / Khami / Daingnet ethnic origin, who are believed to be Bangladeshi citizens, have entered from Bangladesh into Myanmar during the past few months and called for early verification and voluntary repatriation to Bangladesh.
The Union Minister reiterated Myanmar’s readiness to commence repatriation of verified displaced persons from Rakhine State before the monsoon as agreed by the two governments and sought the earliest cooperation of the Bangladeshi side to send back around 1,200 verified residents of Hindus and Muslim community as well as over 929 verified displaced persons contained in the list provided by the Myanmar side. The Ambassador was also reminded to send the list of displaced persons using the right form as agreed in the Physical Arrangement. The Union Minister also informed the Ambassador of Myanmar’s desire to resolve the issue of displaced persons and any other issue of common concern through bilateral negotiations and cooperation in a spirit of good neighbourliness.

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