UN calls for safe access for people in need in Myanmar

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The United Nations on Monday called on “the relevant parties in Myanmar to facilitate safe access” to those in need in the country.

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This came in a press conference held by the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Farhan Haq, at the permanent headquarters of the International Organization in New York.

“We call on all parties to facilitate safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian responders,” the UN official said.

We also appeal to donors to strengthen their commitment to the humanitarian cause.

Especially since one-third of the humanitarian response plan and the interim emergency response plan amounting to $385 million have been funded.

“Our colleagues in Myanmar remain concerned about the dire humanitarian situation due to the intense clashes and the volatile security situation in many parts of the country,” he added.

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“Since the beginning of the year, nearly 240,000 people have been displaced and are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services,” he said.

In early February, Myanmar army leaders carried out a military coup, followed by the arrest of senior leaders in the country, including President Win Myint and Chancellor Aung San Suu Kyi.