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Myanmar officials to visit State

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GUWAHATI, July 30 - The Myanmar government has established contacts with its Indian counterpart expressing its desire to visit the foreigners detention camps in Assam where a number of Myanmarese nationals, caught for illegally crossing the border, are languishing.

The team is expected to prepare a detailed investigation report concerning Myanmarese detained in Assam and subsequently take up the issue with the Indian government to facilitate their release.

A letter in this connection is expected to reach the State government through the Ministry of External Affairs within a week�s time.

At present, 29 Myanmarese nationals are lodged in detention camps in Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Jorhat and Tezpur.

The delegation will interact with the Myanmarese nationals and quiz them on the circumstances leading to their exodus and detention in India and the route they had followed to cross over.

This, according to many, will be the first ever official visit by the Myanmarese government officials to study the infiltration through the Northeast India.

As majority of the inmates from Myanmar had fled the country following persecution or fearing the same, the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees might have a role to play, a well-placed source told The Assam Tribune.

Already two Myanmarese minor girls (Rohingya Muslim girls), who had fled the country following persecution and were subsequently apprehended and convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board in Guwahati, are in the process of getting refugee status by the UNHCR.

The issue related to the visit has now reached the corridors of State Secretariat through diplomatic channels in New Delhi.

�Although the itinerary of the visit has not yet been communicated to the Indian government, the visit is expected to take place within a month,� sources privy to the development told this reporter.

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Myanmar officials to visit State

GUWAHATI, July 30 - The Myanmar government has established contacts with its Indian counterpart expressing its desire to visit the foreigners detention camps in Assam where a number of Myanmarese nationals, caught for illegally crossing the border, are languishing.

The team is expected to prepare a detailed investigation report concerning Myanmarese detained in Assam and subsequently take up the issue with the Indian government to facilitate their release.

A letter in this connection is expected to reach the State government through the Ministry of External Affairs within a week�s time.

At present, 29 Myanmarese nationals are lodged in detention camps in Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Silchar, Jorhat and Tezpur.

The delegation will interact with the Myanmarese nationals and quiz them on the circumstances leading to their exodus and detention in India and the route they had followed to cross over.

This, according to many, will be the first ever official visit by the Myanmarese government officials to study the infiltration through the Northeast India.

As majority of the inmates from Myanmar had fled the country following persecution or fearing the same, the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees might have a role to play, a well-placed source told The Assam Tribune.

Already two Myanmarese minor girls (Rohingya Muslim girls), who had fled the country following persecution and were subsequently apprehended and convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board in Guwahati, are in the process of getting refugee status by the UNHCR.

The issue related to the visit has now reached the corridors of State Secretariat through diplomatic channels in New Delhi.

�Although the itinerary of the visit has not yet been communicated to the Indian government, the visit is expected to take place within a month,� sources privy to the development told this reporter.

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