International Development Committee Announcement

BURMESE REGIME RISKS CREATING A HUMAN CATASTROPHE, SAYS COMMONS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The House of Commons International Development Committee will discuss the current Burma crisis when they meet World Food Programme officials in Rome today.

Ahead of the Committee's meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, Rt Hon Malcolm Bruce MP said:

“I am appalled by the actions of the Burmese government. By frustrating the UN’s efforts to distribute vital aid, including medicines, food and hygiene equipment, the regime is putting up to a million people at risk of death and disease.

The UN World Food Programme has said that it is strengthening its efforts to reach the affected population. Members of the Committee will be aiming to ascertain whether other ways can be found to get essential supplies to where they are needed and what further negotiations with the Burmese Government are taking place.  Every effort has to be made to find a solution to assist people affected by the cyclone.

Disaster is being turned into a human catastrophe for which the Burmese Generals will be held responsible.”

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Committee membership is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Stephen Crabb MP (Con), Daniel Kawczynski MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Jim Sheridan MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh MP (Lab), Sir Robert Smith MP (Lib Dem).

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