Representatives from UN agencies and NGOs met with the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) in Sittwe today, in the second such discussion since the suspension of most humanitarian operations in Arakan State in late March.
US President Barack Obama praised the ongoing process of political reforms in Burma, but warned that democracy would not succeed if oppression against the Muslim minority in the country continued.
Burma vows to protect aid workers in Arakan State after a briefing by the Arakan Commission concluded the government’s response to the violence was “sluggish”.
Government authorities say they will take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of foreigners and Burmese nationals working for aid agencies in Arakan state. Meanwhile IDPs are facing food shortages as the decrease in staff affects supply chains.
Spokesperson for Malteser International, Johannes Kaltenbach speaks to DVB about the violence that kicked off in Arakan state on Wednesday, forcing 71 aid workers to evacuate.
The UN envoy concludes his six-year tenure as Special Rapporteur with a press conference at which he praised Burma’s reforms but questioned the impartiality of a domestic inquiry into the alleged massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Duchira Dan on 13-14 January.