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Humanitarian Crisis looms in Kachin conflict: Implications for Myanmar’s reform process

Cook, Alistair (2013) Humanitarian Crisis looms in Kachin conflict: Implications for Myanmar’s reform process. International Affairs at LSE (25 Feb 2013). Website.

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Recent reports of reforms in Myanmar have been overwhelmingly positive. However there remain some serious concerns around them. The current conflict in Kachin state is one significant challenge to reform and human security in Myanmar. In June 2011 the 17 year ceasefire between the Kachin Independence Army and tatmadaw broke down with a return to fighting and the forced displacement of civilians. Over the past nineteen months, access to the internally displaced people has been stymied by restrictions on the movement of humanitarian assistance in territory controlled by the KIA. While many local civil society organisations found ways and means to deliver some assistance, it is unsustainable if the basic needs of this population at risk are to be met. While a United Nations humanitarian assistance convoy suffered delays but eventually arrived in Kachin State in mid February 2013, the Myanmar government met with the United Nationalities Federation Council for their second round of talks in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At the peace talks, the issue of humanitarian assistance was addressed but without the attendance of military officials raises questions about whether word will be met with deed.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 11:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:17

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