UN official urges aid access for Myanmar's Rakhine state: “People are dying”

UN official urges aid access for Myanmar's Rakhine state: “People are dying”
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UN official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers "predictable, sustained access" to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives, ONAreports citing Euronews.

Ursula Mueller, a UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said authorities had turned down her requests to meet those displaced by the conflict in a region barred to most aid groups since the fighting broke out.

"We need access – predictable, sustained access – to reach the people in need. If the assistance, including mobile clinics, cannot get to the people, they just don’t have the services and their needs are not being met and some people are dying," Mueller told late on Tuesday, at the end of a six-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

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