Foreign countries welcome Rakhine enquiry commission

09 June 2018
Foreign countries welcome Rakhine enquiry commission
An aerial view of check point and entrance gate for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, locally called Bangali, in Maungdaw township, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 14 January 2018. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA-EFE

Foreign countries welcomed the establishing of an Independent Commission of Enquiry and the Memorandum of Understanding-MoU on assistance to repatriation process between Myanmar government and the UN agencies, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on 9 June.
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population of Myanmar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed on the texts of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons to Rakhine State.
According to the newspaper, the governments of Japan, China and France, amongst others, have welcomed the move as an important step to improve human rights and the humanitarian situation in the troubled state where violence flared following terrorist attacks on government targets in August last year.
China said it hoped that the government of Myanmar could closely cooperate with relevant UN agencies and earnestly implement the memorandum, said the ministry.