MYANMAR, UN AGENCIES SIGN MOU ON REPATRIATION OF DISPLACED PERSONS FROM RAKHINE STATE

YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar’s Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assist Myanmar government’s repatriation process of displaced persons from Rakhine state, reported Xinhua news agency.

Under the agreement, the UNHCR will join hands with Myanmar government in implementation of voluntary repatriation, in conducting assessments at their potential pilot project sites and will work with UNDP in preparation for recovery and resilience-based development in potential area, a statement from the Ministry of State Counsellor’s Office said.

Also, the UNDP will cooperate with the government in undertaking the planning process for resilience-based recovery and development that will benefit all communities and will promote social cohesion among the communities as well as will support access to livelihoods.

In 1993, the Myanmar government and UNHCR signed a MoU to provide a framework of assistance and cooperation in voluntary repatriation program from Bangladesh and about 230,000 displaced persons were repatriated under the MoU, the press release added.

Meanwhile, Myanmar recently received the first batch of 62 returnees through the Nga Khu Ya reception camp in Rakhine state, who had fled to Bangladesh due to the Rakhine state conflict.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army extremist terrorists launched attacks on police outposts in Rakhine state on Aug 23 last year, sending a vast number of residents to areas bordering Bangladesh.

Source: Nam News Network