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17 July, 2018 12:10:58 AM


Some activities visible in Myanmar

Some activities visible in Myanmar

Some activities have been visible in Myanmar over the weeks with regard to the repatriation of the Rohingyas, who crossed into Cox’s Bazar to escape from the atrocities by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from other ethnic groups in Rakhine.

The activities include meetings between state counsellor and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and some international dignitaries, first ever visit joint visit to Rakhine by the officials of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and a visit to Rakhine by a group of deputy ministers responsible for implementing recommendations to inspect construction of houses.

When contacted for comments about these activities, senior diplomats in Dhaka and Yangon have told The Independent that given the past experience, it is very difficult to determine what to believe and not to, as Myanmar has always been a difficult neighbour to deal with.

On Sunday, Suu Kyi met Chinese foreign ministry’s Asian affairs special envoy Sun Guoxiang and discussed matters related to peace and reconciliation process in Myanmar-Beijing’s continued provision of constructive assistance for the Rakhine State, according to the website of the state counsellor’s office.

On July 12, the state counsellor separately met UN assistant secretary-general and UNDP assistant administrator Haoliang Xu and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) director general William Lacy Swing at the ministry of foreign affairs.

During the meeting with Haoliang Xu, they discussed matters relating to the implementation of a memorandum of understanding between the Myanmar government and UNDP and UNHCR, drawing up a sustainable development programme, finalising the drawing up of the UN assistance framework and current and future cooperation between Myanmar and the UN.

At the parley with Swing, matters relating to work conducted by the IOM, necessary assistance provided by the UN migration agency to Myanmar over migrants and the

progress of the peace and reconciliation process in Myanmar were discussed.

A day earlier, the state counsellor received UN secretary-general’s special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener at her office.

They discussed matters pertaining to the promotion of existing cooperation between Myanmar and the United Nations, including implementation of the MoU signed between the Myanmar government, UNDP and UNHCR, rebuilding trust and harmony among communities in Rakhine State, and the UN support on the ongoing peace process.

This was the second visit of the UN chief’s special envoy to Myanmar in less than a month  

Both she and the IOM chief came to Bangladesh from Myanmar.  

Japanese government’s special envoy for national reconciliation in Myanmar Yohei Sasakawa also held a meeting with the de facto leader to discuss issues related to the peace and reconciliation process, including the Union Peace Conference—21st Century Panglong, third session, and development projects implemented in the border areas.

A delegation, led by Victoria Kwakwa, vice president of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, also met with Suu Kyi.

The World Bank vice president pledged support for peace, social inclusion and economic transition in Myanmar and exchanged views on priorities for programming the bank’s concessional financial support for Myanmar.

Earlier this month, a joint UNHCR and UNDP delegation travelled to Rakhine State, the first to the area since the conclusion of the tripartite MoU between the government of Myanmar, and UNDP and UNHCR on June 6.

A group of deputy ministers for Recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State went to Kyein Chaung Taung in Maungtaw and inspected work on construction of housing projects, where they asked the progress of the construction project to be completed at a specific time, according to a press release posted on the website of the Myanmar information ministry.

On these activities on the other side of the border, Bangladeshi diplomats said that the problem is Myanmar’s position has never been consistent and Dhaka certainly welcomes if the engagements ensure quick repatriation of the Rohingyas.



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