Myanmar has made preparations to receive displaced persons from Rakhine, who are currently residing in Bangladesh, as part of a bilateral agreement with the neighbouring country, but, there have been no returnees yet.
On 21 August, the Union Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population, U Thein Swe, the Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the Chairman of the Committee on Repatriation and Resettlement of Displaced People, Dr. Win Myat Aye, the Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, U Khin Maung Tin, and officials held a meeting with Rakhine State authorities in Sittway, Rakhine State on the repatriation and resettlement of displaced people.
The meeting was also attended by Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, members of the Rakhine State Cabinet, and departmental officials.
At the meeting, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye said Myanmar has made preparations to keep everything in readiness for repatriation in accordance with the agreement with Bangladesh.
He said the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) and the ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) have promised to cooperate in promoting capacity building at the repatriation centres and Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centres, for disseminating information, and providing basic services to returnees.
Afterwards, Union Minister U Thein Swe reiterated Myanmar’s readiness to accept the returnees in accordance with the MoU between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Officials with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population have been stationed at the Taungpyo Letwe and Ngakhuya repatriation centres to carry out the most important task of the repatriation process — scrutinizing the returnees to check whether they had been living in Myanmar or not, he added. Later, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Tin, and officials reported on the arrangements for the repatriation of returnees.
After the Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh accepted Myanmar’s proposal for the repatriation of displaced people from 22 August, Rakhine State Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport U Aung Kyaw Zan and officials had been in a state of readiness at the Taungpyo Letwe Repatriation Centre along with officials of the AHA Centre and ASEAN-ERAT. But, no displaced persons returned from Bangladesh yesterday.
Under the bilateral agreement with Bangladesh, Myanmar has been making preparations for repatriation since 23 January, 2018.
On 15 November, 2018, a delegation comprised of Union Minister U Thein Swe, Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Thu and U Soe Aung, Rakhine State Security and Border Affairs Minister, and Rakhine State Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport had gone to the Taungpyo Letwe Reception Centre, Ngakhuya Reception Centre, and Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre to welcome returnees as the Bangladeshi side had informed Myanmar that it would send displaced persons to Myanmar. But there were no returnees at that time, too.
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar