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Rakhine Affairs: IDP Camps To Be Closed Down

11 April 2017

IDP camps in Kyauk Phyu, Sittway and Ramree is in the initiative process to close down. 

The National security Advisor to the Union Government U Thaung Tun said on his briefing to the representatives from Diplomatic Corps and UN Specialized Agencies in Yangon on the situation and recent development in Rakhine States in Yangon on Tuesday.

The move came as per the recommendations made by the Advisory Commission led by Kofi Annan last month.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor asked for the stakeholders’ cooperation in order to resolve the issue of statelessness.

National security Advisor, Thaung Tun: “We are working hard to ascertain who are eligible and how we can perceive to provide them with citizenship. It is a process, it cannot be done over night. This is understanding and appreciation that I need from our friends in the international community. We have started the process. We intend to go down that road. We need the help and assistance and the understanding of all state holders including our partners.”

The National Security Advisor also explained the Government’s dissociation from the decision made by the United Nations Human Rights Council last month.

National security Advisor, Thaung Tun: “when the decision is less than constructive, we regret we cannot join the concessive. The decision reflects neither the situation obtaining on the ground nor takes into consideration the efforts of the government to stabilize the situation. What we need is help and cooperation, what we need is encouragement, what we need is people to join hands with us to move the situation forward and not to put obstacle in the way.”

The National Security Advisor also highlighted the progress on positive developments in terms of increased the humanitarian, education and health access to violence affected areas. He added that the government also plans to allow more media access and the ICRC’s visit to prison.