New York

2 January 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the air strikes in Kachin state in Myanmar

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 on-going 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 toward political reconciliation in order to build the basis for a fair and durable outcome for all.