MYANMAR: GOVT CLOSE TO SIGNING DEAL WITH UN AGENCIES

NAY PYI DAW, Myanmar Myanmar government and two United Nations (UN) agencies are close to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will be crucial to frame the involvement of the two organisations in addressing the Rakhine crisis, especially with regard to the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of refugees to Myanmar, the Myanmar Times reported.

Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister, U Win Myat Aye said the deal under negotiation between the government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is in its final stretch.

U Win Myat Aye said that negotiations on the MoU are looking into the role the UNHCR will play in line with the agreement signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh last November.

The international community has called on Myanmar government to allow the UN agencies’ assistance to the government in repatriating the refugees who fled waves of violence in Rakhine over the past two years.

The mass exodus of Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh was triggered by attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on government security outposts and a brutal military counter insurgency campaign.

Associate communications officer of UNHCR’s Yangon office, Paul Vrieze said the negotiations are ongoing and the UN is committed to supporting the government in creating conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of refugees to their places of origin or of their choosing.

Source: NAM News Network