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Updated On: Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Development Issues

Conditions for Rohingya Return

Content by: South-South News

10 August 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — Two months since the signing of the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Development Program (UNDP), and the Government of Myanmar, the two UN agencies urged on August 8 the Myanmar authorities to make tangible progress to improve conditions in Rakhine State “conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees.”

The Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, told reporters in New York that the Myanmar Government “has taken some encouraging steps since the Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the 6th of June, but substantial progress is urgently needed in three areas covered by that document: granting effective access in Rakhine State; ensuring freedom of movement for all communities; and addressing the root causes of the crisis.”

Haq said, “Confidence building measures need to take root, starting with facilitating access for UNHCR and UNDP to commence needs assessment visits to identify quick-impact projects in priority village tracts that have been agreed with the Government.”

The agreement calls for creating the conditions for allowing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh to safely and voluntarily return to their homes in Myanmar.

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state, in Myanmar after a military crackdown last year.

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