Union Minister U Kyaw Tin cites ARSA Threat as major obstacle for repatriation at meeting with UNSG Special Envoy on Myanmar

U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for the Ministry of International Cooperation, received Ms Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Myanmar, at 1 pm yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw.

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Union Minister U Kyaw Tin greets Ms Christine Schraner Burgener, UNSG’s Special Envoy in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

During the meeting, they exchanged views on recent developments in Myanmar and on possible ways and means to remove obstacles hindering repatriation of displaced persons from Rakhine State. Union Minister U Kyaw Tin cited ARSA’s threat to those wishing to voluntarily return to Myanmar as major obstacle for repatriation. He also explained that non-compliance with the proper procedures for sending the forms as agreed in the bilateral arrangements was also another reason of unsuccessful repatriation on the agreed date of 22 August. The Union Minister also requested Special Envoy’s assistance in persuading Bangladesh to send back soonest 444 displaced persons of Hindu faith who have clearly expressed their desire to return to Myanmar. The Union Minister also briefed recent developments in Myanmar’s efforts in creating more conducive condition for the returnees in cooperation with ASEAN and the United Nations Agencies.—MNA

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