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International Development written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports she has received on whether there is unrestricted access for the delivery of humanitarian access in Burma.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

In 2011 British humanitarian aid reached over 86,000 people affected by conflict in Burma. However, access in some areas of Burma remains a concern.

In Kachin state, for example, international organisations, including the UN struggle to receive access permission from both sides involved in the conflict. The UK, however, is able to deliver humanitarian aid there through an international non-government organisation, working closely with local organisations.

The UK regularly raises the urgent need for full and unfettered humanitarian access to ail displaced people in Kachin state with the Burmese authorities, representatives of non-state armed groups and the UN. The Secretary of State for International Development, my right hon. Friend, Justine Greening, discussed this with the UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator, Baroness Amos, recently.

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