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UNICEF Welcomes the Release of 24 Children from the Tatmadaw, Calls for Acceleration of discharges

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UNICEF Welcomes the Release of 24 Children from the Tatmadaw, Calls for Acceleration of discharges

Yangon, Monday 18, February, 2013: The Tatmadaw officially discharged 24 children in a ceremony in Yangon on 15 February, Friday, attended by senior officials of the Tatmadaw, the Representative of UNICEF as co-chair of a UN Country Task Force on children and armed conflict, senior officials from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and member agencies of the Country Task Force.

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Media Release: Humanitarian assistance leaves for Hpakant, Kachin State

“Humanitarian assistance must flow un-interrupted as long as people are in need” – Ashok Nigam

Yangon, 17 February 2013 – UN and INGO humanitarian staff left this morning for Hpakant in Kachin State, to assess the situation in the 41 camps hosting some 5,000 people displaced by the conflict in the area, and deliver much needed life-saving assistance. They took with them food, including rice, pulses, oil, salt, wheat-soy blend and well as family kits including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, blankets, mosquito nets, basic medical supplies and water purification materials.

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Statement of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar

By Tomás Ojea Quintana, 16 February 2013, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar

I have just concluded my five-day mission to Myanmar – my seventh visit to the country since I was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2008. I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for its invitation, and for the cooperation and flexibility shown during my visit, in particular for my visits to Rakhine State and Kachin State.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – MYANMAR

New York, 6 February 2013 – The Secretary-General welcomes the Joint Statement issued by Myanmar’s Peacemaking Committee and the delegation of the Kachin Independence Organization in Ruili, China, wherein they agreed to work on an overall framework for de-escalation of the violent conflict in Kachin and for monitoring such de-escalation.

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MYANMAR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FORUM Closing Remarks by Dr. Ashok Nigam, UN Resident Coordinator

20 January, 2013, Nay Pyi Taw
Your Excellency Minister Dr. Kan Zaw, Your Excellencies Union Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of Donor Agencies and UN Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, let me say that this has been a landmark event under the leadership of the Government.

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MYANMAR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION FORUM Opening Remarks by Dr. Ashok Nigam, UN Resident Coordinator

19 January, 2013, Naypyitaw
Your Excellency Minister Kan Zaw, Your Excellencies Union Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of Donor Agencies and UN Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mingalabar.

It is a privilege to be present at this very important first Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum and to deliver remarks on behalf of the UN system in Myanmar.

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“Measures for humanitarian assistance to Kachin IDPs must be expedited” – Ashok Nigam

Media Release

Yangon, 7 February 2012 – The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, Ashok Nigam, welcomes the Secretary-General’s call for a genuine and sustainable peace in Kachin state.  The recent negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) on the conflict in Kachin state is a positive step to enable the UN and its humanitarian partners to respond to the dire needs of the displaced persons who had been suffering since the outbreak of conflict over one and half years ago.  The United Nations and its humanitarian partners have not had humanitarian access to non-government controlled areas since July 2012.

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