Myanmar to Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 , 09:00:00 WIB -

State Councillor and Foreign Affairs Minister of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, is seen attending the ASEAN-Korea Summit during the 31st ASEAN Summit at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila, Philippines, Monday (13/11). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – Responding the statement of President Joko Widodo that urges Myanmar to resolve the conflict in Rakhine State in the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, State Councillor of Myanmar Ang San Suu Kyi stated she will repatriate refugees of Rakhine who are spread in some countries.

"There were three points delivered by Suu Kyi, one of them is about the preparation of Myanmar to repatriate Rakhine refugees immediately after the signing of MoU with the Bangladesh government," said

According to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno, President Jokowi is the first leader of ASEAN country who spoke for the resolution of issues in Rakhine State. He spoke at the ASEAN Summit and when he met the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guitteres, yesterday.

President Jokowi stated that ASEAN countries must act faster to resolve issues in Rakhine state as the issues would lead to radicalization and human trafficking.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno said that State Councillor of Myanmar, Ang San Suu Kyi, finally responds to the statement of President Jokowi and the other ASEAN country leaders in the ASEAN leaders meeting forum.

According to Suu Kyi, the Special Committee led by Social Affairs of Myanmar has implemented the initiatives of former Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan.

Regarding humanitarian access, Suu Kyi appreciates ASEAN countries and AHA Center for providing assistance.

Suu Kyi said they will call for more assistance, particularly mid-term and long-term assistance.

"So, we’ll wait for the request of Myanmar, what do they need to develop Rakhine," said the Foreign Affairs Minister, as quoted from setkab.go.id.

Regarding the people that will return to Myanmar, Suu Kyi said it’s important to finish the MoU on repatriation with Bangladesh.

The Myanmar Government also promises to implement the agreement 3 weeks after the signing of the MoU.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi states that Indonesia will maintain good communication with Bangladesh and other parties so the MoU draft would be completed immediately.

The minister said the MoU draft is now in Bangladesh, and she said they have talked with the minister in Bangladesh who handles the issue. (rm)

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