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UN chief presses Myanmar junta for aid access

The UN Secretary-General has urged Myanmar’s ruling army to permit humanitarian aid access and tackle the “desperate needs” of its individuals, highlighting a 12 months since a coup ended a decade of democracy and plunged the nation into turmoil.

The Feb 1 overthrow of an elected authorities triggered months of nationwide protests and a bloody crackdown by the army, whose use of heavy weapons and air strikes towards armed resistance within the countryside has reignited outdated conflicts and displaced tens of hundreds of individuals.

“The multiple vulnerabilities of all people across Myanmar and its regional implications require an urgent response. Access to people in need is critically important for the United Nations and partners to continue to deliver on the ground,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Antonio Guterres, stated in an announcement.

“Armed forces and all stakeholders must respect human rights and fundamental freedoms. The people of Myanmar need to see concrete results.”

Myanmar’s army authorities couldn’t be reached for remark. Its chief has stated its crackdown and army offensives have been to guard the nation from “terrorists”.

The junta has vowed to not bow to worldwide strain and has been extremely crucial of the UN, accusing its envoys of bias and interference and its high officers of counting on “distorted news”.

Haq stated Myanmar particular envoy Noeleen Heyzer had been participating all stakeholders within the Myanmar disaster and would work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is main the diplomatic effort within the nation.

“This is crucial for creating an enabling environment for inclusive dialogue,” Haq stated.

“Any solution needs to derive from engaging directly with and listening carefully to all those affected by the ongoing crisis. Their voices must be heard and amplified.”

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