Burma

International Development written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions she has had with the Burmese Government about resolving the issue of the statelessness of the Rohingya population in Myanmar.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

I met the Burmese Minister of National Planning and Economic Development when he visited London in March. At the meeting I urged the Burmese Government to work for a long-term solution to bring peace, reconciliation, and prosperity to Rakhine state. DFID continues to urge the government of Burma to re-start the citizenship verification process as soon as possible. It has the broad support of both communities in Rakhine and will help to address some of the underlying causes of tension.

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