Myanmar handed over 159 verified Bangladesh nationals among those rescued by Myanmar
1. On 25 August 2015, Myanmar officially handed over additional verified 125 Bangladesh nationals among the boat people rescued by Myanmar in May 2015. They were handed over to Bangladesh side at Myanmar and Bangladesh border after the flag meeting in Taung Pyo ( Let We)
2. A team led by U Saw Naing, Deputy Director, Maung Taw District Immigration Officer from Myanmar handed over the 125 Bangladesh nationals to the Commanding Officer of No 17 Border Guard Battalion of Cox’s Bazar and his team. Acting Police Lieutenant Colonel Kyaw Tay Za from Police Border Guard of Myanmar and Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, Consul from the Bangladesh Consulate in Sittwe also observed the event. The No.17 Border Guard Battalion of Cox’s Bazar brought the 125 persons back at 14:10 hrs to Bangladesh.
3. A total of 626 verified Bangladesh nationals rescued from the two boats have been repatriated to their place of origin, Bangladesh, on five different occasions. Authorities in Bangladesh continue to verify the remaining persons from the two boats rescued. The remaining boat people will be handed over to the country of origin upon completion of the verification process.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw
25 August 2015
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