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EU reiterates immediate humanitarian access to Burma


Dhaka – EU High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini in a statement issued on Wednesday on the latest developments in Rakhine State, Myanmar and the border region in Bangladesh.
She said, “I am following the dramatic developments in Rakhine State and at the border region in Bangladesh closely. The European Union has raised its concerns as recently as last Friday in direct contacts with Myanmar government members.“As I stated in my statement a few days ago, the priority is now to obtain immediate humanitarian access again, and to address in parallel the root causes of the conflict by implementing the Annan Advisory Commission recommendations to this end.
“On both accounts, were reassured that there will be implementing steps this week, which I expect to happen. We are in close contact with Bangladeshi authorities and are stepping up our humanitarian engagement there,” says an EC press release.
Meanwhile the EU has stepped up humanitarian assistance in Bangladesh and Myanmar. As more and more refugees arrive in Bangladesh from Myanmar, the European Commission announced an additional humanitarian aid of €3 million to address the most pressing needs of Rohingya civilians. The funding comes on top of the €12 million announced in May 2017 when Commissioner Stylianides visited Rakhine State in Myanmar.
“The European Union is providing further emergency humanitarian aid as the situation continues to be critical. This additional funding will help provide emergency shelter, water, food and health assistance for newly arrived refugees in Bangladesh and people in need in Myanmar, as soon as humanitarian access to the latter is restored.
The EU continues to call for full humanitarian access and the respect for international human rights law in Myanmar. The immediate restoration of humanitarian assistance in northern Rakhine State is needed in order to address what is already a precarious humanitarian situation, and to avoid an escalation of the crisis.
“I thank the government and people of Bangladesh for their hospitality in sheltering many refugees. The European Union remains committed to support those who are forced to flee their homes during these difficult times”, said the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The EU has been providing humanitarian support in Myanmar and Bangladesh for many years. Since 1994, the European Commission has provided €232 million in humanitarian aid to Myanmar. Total EU humanitarian aid to Bangladesh since 2007 amounts to €153.6 million. – another EC press release said


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