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House of Lords written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs in ethnic areas of Burma where the Government restricts access by international agencies.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

Humanitarian needs are considerable in many parts of Burma, and are particularly severe in areas of continuing conflict where access by international agencies may often be restricted. When he visited Burma from 15 to 17 November 2011, the Secretary of State for International Development pressed the Burmese President and his Ministers to move urgently towards a resolution to the ethnic conflicts and to increase humanitarian access in border areas. The Department for International Development is providing humanitarian aid through non-governmental organisations working from both Thailand and China to particularly vulnerable people in Burma's border areas who cannot be reached by local or international agencies from inside Burma.

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