YANGON, July 7 (Xinhua) — Myanmar government is working for ensuring the return of 105,000 Myanmar refugees taking shelter in Thailand, official media reported Thursday.
A consultation workshop on a strategic cooperation plan for the voluntary repatriation of the refugees, jointly organized by the Ministry of Border Affairs and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was held in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday.
Minister Lt-Gen Ye Aung said the government is making arrangements to bring back the Myanmar refugees left in nine camps on the Myanmar-Thai border.
Ye Aung disclosed that the government will ink a memorandum of understanding with the UNHCR for it to provide the returning refugees with education, health services, clean water, infrastructure and vocational training.
Ye Aung called for collaborative efforts from the ethnic groups, civil society organizations and ethnic community for the refugees' return.
The Myanmar refugees, who fled domestic conflicts since several decades ago, will be covered by a short-and long-term program as part of the undertakings of Myanmar's national reconciliation and peace process, reports said.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s foreign minister, is set to undertake her first official visit to neighbouring Thailand.