Narinjara News

Burma FM arrives today

Dhaka, 5
th July 2003: Burma Foreign minister Win Aung come to Dhaka today carrying a letter from Senior General Than Shwe for Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, reports local press.

Bangladesh foreign secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury told the reporters at weekly press briefing Thursday but he could not surmise the content of the letter nor the immediate purpose of the visit of Burma FM. “ He is carrying a letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh,” he said.

The Burma FM will arrive in Dhaka on today night and leave Monday.

It could not be ascertained whether the Burma FM’s visit is anyway linked with Aung San Suu Kyi who fresh detained by Burma Military Junta triggered uproar by the international community.

The two governments have an old issue of repatriation of a little over 20,000 Rohingya refugees to Burma.

The Bangladesh Foreign Secretary said the process of repatriation has been stepped up and expressed the hope that all the remaining refugees would be voluntarily going back through close cooperation among Bangladesh, Burma and the UNHCR.

The UNHCR has also agreed to supervise directly the repatriation of the remaining Burmese refugees to Burma till December 31 next, another the local news agency BSS said.

The UN body has decided to change its earlier decision to wrap up its all activities from Cox’sbazar this month following a series of meeting with the Bangladesh govt officials, sources in the UNHCR said in Cox’sbazar on Thursday. #