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Int’l peace donor group formed to aid Burma

A Peace Donor Support Group (PDSG) has been established to work with the Myanmar Peace Center, President Thein Sein announced on Wednesday.

The PDSG involves Norway, the United Nations, Australia and Britain as well as the World Bank and the European Union (EU), the New Light of Myanmar, the official state-run newspaper, said in an article on Wednesday.
Burmese President Thein Sein meets with members of the internaitonal Peace Donor Support Group, formed to aid the government's peace efforts throughout the country. Photo: President's websiteThein Sein asked the group's coordinators in Naypyitaw during a meeting on Tuesday to urge the E.U. to fully lift its economic sanctions.

Regarding the sectarian violence in the country's western Rakhine State, Thein Sein said that "it should be seen against the backdrop of deep and complicated issues," saying the government was trying to return the area to calm.

At the meeting, the ambassador of Norway, an initiator of the group for implementing the peace process, voiced support for the president's reforms, and the group promised to try its best to assist in the process.

U.N. Special Adviser Vijay Nambiar said that the U.N. would initially contribute US$ 5 million to the peace fund, while the Australian ambassador said his country has been committed to contribute $5 million to be used in Burma’s healthcare services and said that Australia would also dispatch technicians for clearing land mines.

The British ambassador said his country would provide a $5 million aid package and another $300 million over the next three years.

The EU resident representative said the EU would provide technical assistance and an initial cash aid package of 3 to 4 million euros for clearing landmines as part of the E.U.'s committed 150 million- euro development programs in 2012-13.

The World Bank resident representative said it is negotiating with Burma now to provide cash and technical assistance in construction of infrastructure and socio-economic improvement programs as well as paying debts, adding that after the debts have been paid off, Burma would be eligible to borrow $300 million yearly.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:31 )  

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