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May 20, 2015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases statement on migrant boat crisis
The MOFA stated that Myanmar shares the concerns of the international community over the refugees drifting at sea and will keep a close watch over the issue as it develops.

The statement attributed the crisis to illegal migration and human trafficking and said the prevention of illegal migration and human trafficking should be prevented by prohibiting travel within the country’s waters and deploying the Myanmar Navy and Air Force to patrol the waters in order to assist refugees if necessary.

The statement also said preventive measures are being deployed countrywide, especially by the Rakhine regional government and related entities, to prevent illegal migration and human trafficking in the region. Law and governance within the region is critical in ensuring the safety of each individual in the region, it said.

The MOFA also said Myanmar is ready to participate in humanitarian efforts with the international community to prevent illegal migration, human trafficking and other activities.MYANMAR-BURMA FLAG

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