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The Rakhine immigration officials swear to take action against unauthorized migrants.
TOUNGPYO LETWE, Rakhine State - Maungdaw district immigration head says the agencies will stop those who did not live in Myanmar before the last round of violent events in Rakhine state. "We will not tolerate anyone who has not been investigated, and if it turns out that some folks are Bangladeshi nationals, we can do something about the laws," Ko Ko Ko Thaw, head of Maungdaw immigration, said to journalists on Wednesday.
Following the conclusion of a bi-lateral agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh on 16 January 2016, the preparatory work for the repatriation and reintroduction of some 700,000 Rohingya migrants who have escaped from the north of Rakhine since October 2016 is under way. Mohammad Abul Kalam, Commissioner for Refugee Aid and Repatriation, pointed out the need for further work.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Councillor U Zaw Htay, said the Myanmar administration had not been given formal notice of the detention by Dhaka. At Maungdaw the locals are also in the darkness. "We don't know much about the top floor, we're just awaiting our orders," said U Ye Htoo, vice principal of the Maungdaw District General Administration Department.
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu on Wednesday paid a visit to the Taungpyo Letwe frontier settlement, which will be the first port of call for displaced people to return to Myanmar. In Ngakhura we are building more refugee camp and institutions to return via the Naf River.
The work in Taungpyo Letwe is completed, while the major warehouses in Hla Pho Khaung and Oh Htain are still under construction. Myanmar is willing to take in repatriates. Bangladeshi authorities have said that the return procedure will be completed after two years, but Myanmar has committed to receiving 1,500 migrant workers per week. If Myanmar's refugee return policy is successful, it will not be a problem.