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US calls for end to humanitarian curbs in Myanmar's Rakhine

Published on Apr 3, 2014 9:20 AM
A family in front of their temporary shelter at a Rohingya refugee camp in Sittwe, Myanmar, on April 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States called on Myanmar on Wednesday to lift travel restrictions on UN and other humanitarian staff to allow them to resume work in the country's Rakhine State, which has been hit by ethnic and religious violence.

The State Department expressed deep concern about what it termed "a humanitarian crisis" in the state and said violent mob attacks on U.N. and non-governmental organisation offices had worsened an already troubling situation.

"We call on the ... government to rescind travel restrictions and to facilitate the appropriate travel authorizations to the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations so they may resume services to all vulnerable people in Rakhine State," it said.

"We further call on the government to take meaningful steps to provide security for all humanitarian workers and residents of Rakhine State."

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