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World Bank offers Myanmar $100m for Rakhine development

IANS  |  Naypyidaw 

The has offered $100 million in aid for development projects in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, hit by violence in 2017 that led to the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingyas, a Muslim minority community, to neighbouring

The offer came during a three-day visit by the Vice President for East and Pacific, Victoria Kwakwa, to Myanmar, according to a statement released after the conclusion of her visit.

The "supports, in collaboration with the UN and other partners, to put in place the conditions for safe, voluntary and dignified return of refugees," read the statement.

The aid would be used in projects in with a focus on job creation, micro and small-enterprise development and to ensure access to essential services for all communities, including repatriated refugees, news reported.

During her meeting with and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Kwakwa discussed the importance of inclusive and sustainable development for all communities in

The UN rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, had warned two days ago in that the return of the Rohingya refugees -- whom Myanmar considers to be illegal immigrants from -- would be delayed as the situation in Myanmar was not yet favourable for their repatriation.

On November 17, Myanmar and Bangladesh had signed an agreement for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees living in the Bangladeshi refugee camps, which was scheduled in January.

The UN also signed an agreement with Myanmar in June to pave the way to recognize rights of the Rohingya community.



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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:02 IST