Taking ‘Serious Note’ of Reported Air Strikes in Myanmar, Secretary-General Urges End to Actions That Could Endanger Civilians, Intensify Conflict

2 January 2013
SG/SM/14750

Taking ‘Serious Note’ of Reported Air Strikes in Myanmar, Secretary-General Urges End to Actions That Could Endanger Civilians, Intensify Conflict

2 January 2013
Secretary-General
SG/SM/14750
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Taking ‘Serious Note’ of Reported Air Strikes in Myanmar, Secretary-General

 

Urges End to Actions That Could Endanger Civilians, Intensify Conflict

 

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General has taken serious note of the most recent reports indicating air strikes against targets in Kachin State.  While details of these reports are still emerging and being closely followed, the Secretary-General calls upon the Myanmar authorities to desist from any action that could endanger the lives of civilians living in the area or further intensify the conflict in the region.

The ongoing hostilities have already caused large-scale displacement of civilians, who continue to be in need of humanitarian assistance.  It is vital that timely access be provided for the delivery of aid to vulnerable communities.

The Secretary-General urges all concerned parties to work towards political reconciliation in order to build the basis for a fair and durable outcome for all.

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