The Government of Myanmar

Myanmar Government

Myanmar Republic Ministry of the Council of State Office Myanmar's Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MoLIP) and the United Nations agencies today at the Nay Pyi Taw National Center for Reconciliation and Peace today initialled an Accord to support the return of expellees from the state of Rakhine. Signature of the Memorandum is the outcome of the Myanmar government's call to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support the government in implementing the "Agreement on the Return of Expellees from the State of Rakhine" between the Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities, initialled on 23 November 2017.

Burma is working to implement the treaty swiftly and has made arrangements since then. It is anticipated that the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding will strengthen the work already done by the Government of Myanmar since last year for the volunteer, secure and worthy return of IDPs. We hope that the UN will help speed up the return of refugees.

This Memorandum of Understanding reaffirms the UNDP and UNHCR's commitment to the government's global and lasting resolution on expulsion and those set out in the Myanmar administration's August 24, 2017 Guildhog. To this end, the UNHCR will help the Myanmar authorities, among other things, to implement the volunteer returns and rehabilitation of all those returning under this agreement; help the authorities carry out evaluations at their prospective pilots' locations; help carry out co-existence pilots and other programs that benefit all local populations; work with the UNDP to pave the way for recreation and resilience-based developments in any area.

The UNDP will, among other things, help the Government of Myanmar to co-ordinate and provide assistance for the necessary evaluations related to strengthening the resistance of the fellowship; to implement the programming for restoration and deployment based on resistance for the good of all fellowships; to foster intercommunity solidarity; and to foster accessibility. Previously, Myanmar and the UN had successfully worked together on the volunteer, secure and graceful returns of IDPs.

The Government of the Union of Myanmar and the UNHCR in 1993 concluded an agreement to establish a facility for aid and co-operation under the Bangladeshi volunteer return program, and some 230,000 internally displaced people have been returned. It began with the welcome by U Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister of the Union for the Office of the Council of State, the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the Permanent Secretary of MoLIP, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and the UNHCR representatives, followed by a welcome by the Minister of the Union for the Office of the Council of State.

It was signed by Union ministers from the respective departments, mission embassies and diplomatic corps, United Nations agents, ministry governments and visitors.

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