Myanmar assures of early Rohingya repatriation

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Myanmar Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister Win Myat Aye on Thursday indicated taking actions against senior Myanmar military officials if they violate laws of the land to avoid repetition of atrocities in Rakhine Sate.‘We are emphasizing to have rule of law. According to rule of law, we can take actions if they break the law,’ he told reporters at a joint briefing at State guesthouse Padma in the evening assuring Rohingyas to give citizenship. Reports UNB.Earlier, he had a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the same venue that started at 6pm.The Myanmar Minister said they have now new President in Myanmar who has declared clearly that they must have the rule of law in the country.Minister Myat Aye said both the sides agreed on a verification form which will help overcome all the difficulties they are facing to start repatriation.Responding to a question, he said, ‘I am very sure that we can start repatriation process as soon as possible.’ Asked about specific date he said, ‘Very soon.’ Minister Myat Aye said he is here with three main purposes including to talk to Rohingyas in the camps and to discuss with Bangladesh authorities. ‘We can now overcome many difficulties we are facing.’Asked about MoUs with UNHCR and UNDP, the Myanmar Minister said they will soon finalize the proposed MoUs and those will soon be signed to assist the repatriation process.Responding to a question on citizenship of Rohingyas, he said Rohingyas will have to go through national verification process to get citizenship. ‘Now we are speeding up national verification process.’Foreign Minister Ali said they had a very fruitful meeting and there is goodwill on the both sides.In the meeting, he laid emphasis on rebuilding villages for the return of Rohingyas.The Foreign Minister said returnees should not stay more than few days in transit camps.Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and Myanmar’s Peace Commission Member Prod Dr Aung Tun Thet also spoke at the briefing.