Burma: Peace Negotiations

Department for International Development written question – answered on 19th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Nye Baroness Nye Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to conduct an independent review of support given to the peace process in Burma as recommended by the House of Commons International Development Committee in its fourth report of Session 2017–19, Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya Crisis (HC Paper 1054), published on 22 May 2018.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

Following the IDC report, we conducted a comprehensive joint analysis of conflict and stability in Burma, and DFID initiated a review of its country strategy. On the peace process, the main vehicle for the UK’s support, the Joint Peace Fund, has undergone a thorough independent assessment of progress and challenges.

In addition, DFID’s peacebuilding programme is reviewed annually, as is all support under the cross-departmental Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), led by the FCO.

The UK remains committed to providing assistance to a wide range of efforts to reach an inclusive peace agreement in Burma. It will also continue to address the protracted crises in Rakhine, Kachin, Shan and other states through humanitarian and development assistance.

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