STATEMENT BY THE UNITED NATIONS RESIDENT AND HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR IN MYANMAR, MS. RENATA DESSALLIEN

(Yangon, 5 February 2015): “I am deeply concerned about the plight of civilians affected by the fighting in Hpakan Township in Kachin State that started on 14 January 2015. This includes more than 1,000 people who were displaced from Aung Bar Lay village and surrounding areas to Kan See village and more than 1,000 other civilians also affected by the fighting. I appeal to all parties to the conflict to allow the displaced people and other civilians who remain in close proximity to the area of conflict to be permitted to move to a more secure location and to allow for humanitarian assistance to reach this population in the safe areas. I furthermore appeal to all parties to the conflict to ensure that civilians are protected and remind them of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law.”