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Updated on November 3, 2018 From Daily Eleven

Over 2,000 Bengalis to repatriate starting mid November

Myanmar will accept over 2,000 Bengalis starting from November 15 in accord with mutual agreement with Bangladesh, said Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement at the 10th meeting of ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (ASED) held in Nay Pyi Taw on October 31.
        He claimed so in response to the question by journalists regarding the arrangement to re-accept Bengalis from Bangladesh.
        “We held a meeting at Bangladesh in which Director General Ko Ko Naing from the ministry attended. We informed them that we are ready to accept over 2,000 Bengalis from November 15. Although the issue is not directly related with us, we will arrange for them. That’s all I know about it,” said Dr Win Myat Aye.
        Myanmar and Bangladesh had an agreement to re-accept over 2,000 Bengalis in a joint working group meeting between Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Haque and Myint Thu, permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Myanmar held on October 30 at Dhaka, Bangladesh.
        The union minister said Myanmar will accept 150 Bengalis each day in Ngakhuya reception center in Maungdaw Township, southern Rakhine State.
        Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a mutual agreement in concerned with a process to repatriate Bengalis on November 23, 2017.
        Ministry of State Counsellor Office announced Myanmar government and UNDP and UNHCR signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) at National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw on June 6 to help to proceed with repatriation process in Rakhine State.
        Myanmar is resolute to carry out the agreement and is done the arrangement, the announcement said.
        It said that Myanmar is hoping to facilitate the repatriation process with the involvement of UN agencies. The agreement will strengthen efforts for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable repatriation of displaced persons.
        It said the MoU showed the support of the UNDP and UNHCR on the government’s comprehensive and durable solutions to the issue of displacement and the implementation of advices from Rakhine State advisory commission in concerned with the announcement on returnees by Myanmar government on August 24 20187.
        It said the UNHCR will assist the Government of Myanmar, inter alia, in the implementation of the voluntary repatriation and the reintegration of all those who return under this MOU; assist the government to conduct assessments at their potential pilot project sites; support pilot coexistence and other programmes benefiting all communities; work with UNDP to prepare the conditions for recovery and resilience-based development in potential areas.
        The UNDP will assist the government of Myanmar, inter alia, to coordinate and support the necessary assessments related to community resilience-building; to undertake the planning process for resilience-base recovery and development that will benefit all communities; to promote social cohesion among the communities: to support access to livelihoods.
        In 1993, the government of Myanmar and the UNHCR signed a MoU to provide a frame of assistance and cooperation in the voluntary repatriation programme from Bangladesh. Some 230,000 displaced persons were repatriated.

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