House of Lords written question – answered on 11 October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Goudie Baroness Goudie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised the blocking of humanitarian aid to internally displaced people in Rakhine State, Burma with (1) the United Nations Secretary General, and (2) the United Nations Secretary General's Special Adviser on Burma.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

During the recent UN General Assembly session, on 28 September 2012, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend Mr Swire represented the UK Government at the Friends of Myanmar (Burma) meeting. This meeting was hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and attended by Mr Vijay Nambiar, the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Burma.

Mr Swire highlighted our concerns in a number of areas, including the violence in Rakhine State. We continue to call on the Government of Burma to allow full and unrestricted humanitarian access to all areas of Burma.

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