Union Minister meets UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye shakes hands with Mr. Filippo Grandi. 
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Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, who is also Vice-Chairman of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD), is in Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 69th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme. The Union Minister met with Mr. Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at the UN office at 6pm local standard time yesterday. During the meeting, the Union Minister explained about the assistance given to the displaced people in sheltered camps in Kachin and Shan states, assistance provided to the IDP camps in Rakhine State, and the drafting of a master strategic plan to close down the various displaced people camps, set up for people fleeing from armed conflicts or battles all across Myanmar, that are no longer needed.
The Union Minister said Myanmar is endeavoring for rule of law, development, peace and reconciliation, and establishing a federal democratic union. Although we are facing negative consequences of the long-term internal conflicts, we are working with an authentic outlook for peace, development and reconciliation, he said.
He highlighted the implementation of the recommendations from Advisory Commission of Rakhine State to work with the existing laws and bylaws in repatriating the displaced people who fled from Rakhine State.
The Union Minister also discussed Myanmar’s readiness to follow the agreements signed with the neighboring country, and how assistance is necessary from the associated countries and international organizations for long-term rehabilitation
He said it is important for assistance for the displaced people to be distributed proportionately to the country that has accepted them and of the country of origin, in line with international agreements. He said the discussions for repatriation conducted between Bangladesh and Myanmar is of vital importance and that all corresponding matters need to be honest and transparent.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in turn, said they understand that the nature of reunification is diverse and carries multiple challenges. He said they will continue providing support concerning Myanmar and acknowledged Myanmar’s step-by-step adherence to the repatriation process in Rakhine State, as well as its support and collaborations.
He said the UNHCR understands the importance of inclusive development and that the ‘Solidarity Approach for the people of Rakhine State’ has been compiled to strengthen the support form donor countries and international organizations for the displaced people between Myanmar and Bangladesh. It will be implemented after discussions with Myanmar and other relevant entities, he said.
He urged representatives from Myanmar to attend a meeting on 22 October for the aforementioned approach, which will be held in Bangkok, Thailand.

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