May 01, 2018

A DELEGATION of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations/representatives from neighbouring countries, including the current ASEAN chair and Member States of the United Nations Security Council arrived in Sittway, Rakhine State, yesterday morning to observe the situation in the Maungtaw region.

The delegation was accompanied by Union Ministers for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin and Union Enterprises for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) Chief Coordinator Dr. Aung Tun Thet.

At the airport meeting hall, Union Minister U Kyaw Tin and UEHRD Chief Coordinator Dr. Aung Tun Thet explained the arrangements made for the trip, the history of UEHRD, works conducted by UEHRD and the plans for long-term stability, peace and development.

Next, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu explained the works conducted after the occurrence of conflict not only to restore the situation to normalcy but for sustained stability and development, the delicate situation of conflict resolution due to the long history of the issue, arrangements made under the leadership of the government to receive the returnees and receiving of the returnees according to the bilateral agreement.

Later, the delegation, accompanied by the Union Minister and the Chief Minister, left Sittway in helicopters and reached the Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre, Maungtaw Township. In the briefing hall of the reception centre, Maungtaw District Deputy Commissioner U Ye Htut explained the construction of the reception centre and the process of receiving the returnees.

The delegation then inspected the Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre, the Myanmar-Bangladesh Friendship Bridge and the process of issuing the NVC to the returnees.

From there, the delegation proceeded to Hla Phoe Khaung Transit Centre and inspected the buildings in the transit centre, where the returnees will stay temporarily.

The delegation went to Shweza Village, Maungtaw Township, and met the Rakhines, Hindus and Muslims. At the meeting, the Rakhines, Hindus and Muslims said they had been living together in the past without problems and wanted to continue doing so.

The delegation then went to Maungtaw District General Administration Department office to view photographic records of persons who died during the conflict and met the family members of the deceased. At the meeting, the Rakhine families spoke of housing difficulties and their need for a livelihood, while the Hindu families spoke of being fearful for their lives as they were being threatened. The Hindu families also mentioned their bereavement in personally witnessing the murders of their family members, as well as the problems of livelihood.

Following this, the delegation went to Pantawpyin Village, Maungtaw Township, where they met and discussed freely with Muslim families and heard the villagers’ first-hand the account of terrorist events and their requirements from the villagers. After this meeting, the delegation departed in helicopters and reached Sittway. At the airport meeting hall, they met social welfare groups and associations.

Later in the evening, the delegation left Sittway for Nay Pyi Taw by Myanmar National Airlines.