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UN calls for access to Kachin IDPs in winter months


The UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has commended Burma’s President Thein Sein on his efforts to pursue a durable ceasefire in Kachin state, but expressed “grave concerns” for the displaced people in Kachin State in areas where the UN has no access.

Pa Kahtawng camp near KIO-controlled Mai Ja Yang on the Burma-China border. Photo: KPN
Pa Kahtawng camp near KIO-controlled Mai Ja Yang on the Burma-China border. Photo: KPN
“The UN has not been allowed access to provide badly needed assistance to some 39,000 people in areas outside the Government’s control since July 2012,” she said on Thursday. “Local partners are providing food and other assistance but their stocks are depleted and with the winter months approaching, getting more supplies in is critical.

Earlier, Amos visited Jan Mai Kawng camp outside Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, where some 700 IDPs are housed. The camp is located in a Government-controlled area and receives regular assistance from aid organizations.

In a statement, Amos said she raised the Kachin issue when she met Thein Sein and expressed her concern about the lack of humanitarian access in some Government-controlled areas and in Kachin Independent Organization (KIO)-controlled areas.

“We have substantial experience working in insecure environments. We are working in other places where the security situation is much worse. We hope the Government will give us permission to travel to these areas and provide the aid that is so desperately needed,” she said.

Since the ongoing conflict began in June 2011, some 75,000 people in Kachin and northern Shan states have been forced from their homes.

Recent meetings between the KIO and a government delegation aimed at securing a peace agreement have not yielded any results.


For more background:

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/8453-kachin-atrocities-may-be-war-crimes-us-senator.html

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/8416-burma-army-reinforcement-raises-fears-in-hpakant.html

http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/8334-govt-kio-agree-to-political-dialogue.html
 
The Kachin’s last stand
Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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