New York

20 January 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the announcement of a ceasefire in Kachin by the Government of Myanmar

The Secretary-General welcomed the announcement by the Government of Myanmar on Friday of a cease-fire in Kachin and has been following the various reports from the ground on its implementation. He calls upon both sides to make serious effort to create conditions for sustained peace in Kachin through enhanced confidence building measures and political dialogue. He also calls for renewed access to vulnerable civilian populations in the area to enable the supply of humanitarian assistance to them.