28 May, 2018
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, and state ministers held a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama at the Rakhine State government building yesterday.
The Ambassador said he understood that the repatriation process was difficult and talked of his meeting with returnees at the Hla Pho Kaung transit centre. He added that the returnees told him their main concern was verification of citizenship, freedom of movement, enrollment in education facilities and security.
The Union Minister replied that they were working, in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law, to swiftly and accurately issue citizenship status to the returnees.
He said the returnees would have the freedom to legally travel in Maungtaw District, and students would be able to enroll in universities when they have received their NV (National Verification) cards. He added that they were working to ensure there was no discrimination in healthcare and that officials were focusing on the rule of law to ensure the overall security.
The State Chief Minister then said that his government was collaborating with the Union Government and hoped that the international community would see the true situation in Rakhine State. He added that there were wrong and potentially harmful rumors going around among the people who fled to Bangladesh, and that there will
be continued complications in the repatriation process if the international community does not relay true and accurate information. He also said the returnees had the right to be free from terrorist threats.
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