Burma: Armed Conflict:Written question - HL7885

Asked by Baroness Cox
Asked on: 15 May 2018
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Burma: Armed Conflict
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Burma regarding the recent escalation of military violence against civilians in Kachin and Shan states; and what efforts they have made to ensure the protection of civilians displaced by conflict.
Answered on: 05 June 2018
The British Ambassador to Burma raised the UK's deep concerns about the treatment of civilians in Kachin State during the current military offensive in a meeting with the Commander in Chief of Burma's military on 3 May

In a statement on 11 May, the Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific also expressed concern about the latest military offensive in Kachin. He called on the Burmese military to fulfil its duty to respect international humanitarian law, ensure access for humanitarian organisations and allow the 2,000 civilians trapped by the fighting to leave to safe areas. He also called on all parties to the conflict to cease fighting, protect civilians, and return fully to peace talks.

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