India to help settle Rohingya back in Rakhine

India to help settle Rohingya back in Rakhine

Rohingya issue; India Myanmar


  1. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a two day trip to Myanmar.

Important Facts:

  1. An agreement on assistance to the Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee was signed. This committee monitors the ceasefire implementation between the government of Myanmar and ethnic militant organisations that was announced in 2015.
  2. An agreement on training of Myanmar Foreign Service officers was signed.
  3. A memorandum of understanding was signed for restoring the earthquake-damaged pagodas in the famed Buddhist tourism centre of Bagan.
  4. India signed a landmark land border-crossing agreement with Myanmar. This agreement will allow people from both sides to cross the border with passport and visa for health and educational needs and tourism.
  5. India urged Myanmar to ensure the safe return of Rohingya citizens now staying in refugee camps in Bangladesh. India underlined the need for safe, speedy and sustainable return of displaced persons to the Rakhine state.
  6. India is on track to complete a project to set up prefabricated housing for the Rohingya population returning from their present camps in Bangladesh.
  7. Myanmar government is going to implement the Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations.
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