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UN envoy talks issue with civil, military leaders of Myanmar

Rohingya repatriation
HUMAYUN KABIR BHUIYAN
UN envoy talks issue with civil, 
military leaders of Myanmar

United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener has met top Myanmar civil and military leaders including de facto leader State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw and discussed various issues, especially the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, who fled their homes in Rakhine to Cox’s Bazar to escape the atrocities orchestrated by the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people from other ethnic groups.  

In her first visit since the release of a report of a UN fact-finding mission detailing brutalities of the Myanmar security forces and recommending genocide charges against top Myanmar military leader, Burgener also met the attorney general of the country, according to multiple sources.

Bangladeshi diplomats both at home and in Yangon have describing the visit as important and said that although it is difficult to make any predictions in regards to the actions of Myanmar, some positive signs regarding repatriation may be visible in the near future.

Given the pressure from the international community, especially the European Union and the United States, the government of Myanmar should ‘feel some heat’, they said.

“Let’s wait until the end of her visit which will include a trip to Rakhine,” said a senior diplomat, adding that the special representative, a Swiss diplomat, will make a statement on October 20 on her visit.

While meeting the deputy commander-in-chief, Burgener laid emphasis on working together towards letting the international community know about the true situation in the Rakhine State.

Meanwhile, a ccording to a news release posted on the website of the Myanmar information ministry, State Counsellor Suu Kyi and the special representative exchanged views on the latest progress in the process of national reconciliation and peace, ongoing inter-communal dialogue and public awareness raising activities for building a harmonious society, opening of the office of Special Envoy in Nay Pyi Taw, the implementation of the repatriation for displaced persons in accordance with the bilateral agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the progress of the ongoing work of the independent commission of enquiry, addressing the challenges facing Myanmar including situation in Rakhine State and cooperation between Myanmar and the office of the

special envoy of the UN secretary-general. In her meeting with the Myanmar Attorney General Tun Tun Oo, conflict in Rakhine state, peacemaking processes in Myanmar, law to prevent hate speech enacted by relevant ministry, status of anti-corruption works, status of enacting informant protection law and tasks performed by the office of the attorney general were discussed, said the Myanmar information ministry .

Senior officials of the office of the attorney general were also present at the meeting, it said.

In the meeting between Deputy Commander-in-chief of Defence Services and Commander-in-chief (Army) Vice Senior General Soe Win and Burgener, matters relating to works conducted on establishing truth in Rakhine state by forming an independent commission of enquiry and informing internationally, latest contact and work conducted with UN on child soldiers, Rakhine State development works conducted by central committee for the implementation of peace and development in Rakhine State led by State Counsellor Suu Kyi, security situation in northern part of Rakhine State after the events of August 2017 and present and future situation of Rakhine state were discussed, according to the ministry.

The special envoy then explained and discussed about working together towards making the international (audience) know about the true situation in Rakhine State.

The special envoy also met Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister Win Myat Aye and discussed issues related to reconciliation and internal peace , amending the constitution for building a federal democratic union, performances of Implementation Committee on the Recommendations of the advisory commission on Rakhine state, conditions of internally displaced people (IDP) camps being closed and to be closed along with drawing up strategies for resettlement, cooperation with UN organisations, readiness of infrastructures for repatriation, issues about international aid, MoU signed between UN Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and issues about human rights and repatriation, said the Myanmar information ministry.


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