Extracts from the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on June 7, 2018
Q: The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the Government of Myanmar, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), on June 6, is meant to create conditions conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees. Do you have any comment on that?
A: There is a complex historical, ethnic and religious background to Myanmar’s Rakhine State issue, the settlement of which calls for dialogue and consultation between Bangladesh and Myanmar, coupled with constructive help from the international community. We welcome the memorandum signed between the UNHCR, the UNDP and the government of Myanmar. It shows that all parties are committed to resolving the issue through dialogue and cooperation. We hope that the government of Myanmar could closely cooperate with relevant UN agencies and earnestly implement the memorandum.
As a friendly neighbor to Myanmar and Bangladesh, China has been closely following the evolvement of the situation in the Rakhine State and playing a positive part in seeking a proper settlement. The three-stage solution proposed by China, composed of cessation of violence and maintenance of stability, repatriation and sheltering, and poverty reduction and development, is appreciated and welcomed by both Myanmar and Bangladesh. We stand ready to work with the international community and continue to play a positive role in providing an enabling environment to promote dialogue between Myanmar and Bangladesh, seek a practical solution to the issue, maintain long-term stability in the Rakhine State, and realize prosperity and development for the Rakhine State.