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UN, Myanmar sign memo on return of Rohingya refugees

United Nations, June 7: Myanmar and the world organisation have signed a memorandum of understanding on creating conditions for the return of the Rohingya refugees, most of whom are now in camps in Bangladesh, according to Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He said on Wednesday that Guterres welcomed the memorandum signed by the Myanmar government, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) “on the UN system’s support to creating conditions conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable Rohingya refugee returns from Bangladesh, and their reintegration in Rakhine State.”

Guterres also “reiterates his call for an end to violence, accountability for perpetrators, redress for victims, humanitarian access to all areas in Rakhine State and the implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission” headed by former Secretary-General that proposed citizenship for the Rohingya, granting them freedom of movement and providing them assistance, Dujarric added. UNHCR said the agreement signed in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw will enable the UNHCR and UNDP to get access to Rakhine State, including to refugees’ places of origin and areas of potential return. Access has been denied to those areas since the last round of major violence broke out there in August 2017. (IANS)

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