MYANMAR: GOVT, UNDP AND UNHCR INITIAL MOU ON RAKHINE

NAY PYI DAW, Myanmar June 2 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The Myanmar government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the repatriation of refugees, the Myanmar Times reported.

The MoU is expected to pave the way to speed up the repatriation of about 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine who fled to Bangladesh during the renewed outbreak of violence in the area in August last year. It defines the roles of UNDP and UNHCR in the various stages of return and resettlement, to support access to livelihoods through the design and implementation of community based intervention.

A statement from the State Counsellor Office said that the signing of the MoU would follow soon.

The United Nations have been calling on the Myanmar government for unhindered humanitarian access in northern Rakhine so it can respond effectively to the needs of the people. The outbreak of violence in northern Rakhine erupted when the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army fighters launched simultaneous attacks on government security outposts, triggering fierce retaliation from the Tatmadaw (military).

The international community accused the Tatmadaw of systematic human rights violations against the Muslim residents in the area, but the government denied the accusations.–NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network