Myanmar/ Burma – Situation in Rakhine state (November 12, 2012)
On November 9, France, together with 10 of its partners, made representations to the Burmese authorities in Rangoon in order to express its concern in the wake of the violence in Rakhine state, and to urge all parties to work together to put an immediate end to this situation.
We support the Burmese government’s efforts to restore security and to bring those responsible to justice. We also encourage the Burmese government to ensure access by the humanitarian agencies to all those in difficulty in Rakhine state.
The country is now facing a serious humanitarian situation. There has been an upsurge in violence in Rakhine state since the beginning of October which has led to the displacement of almost 37,000 people.
In order to address the immediate needs of the people on the ground, France has decided to increase its support for the work of the World Food Program by granting €200,000 in aid. This aid will include the distribution of 320 tons of rice to support 25,000 people for a period of one month in the 8 districts where most of the displaced persons have sought refuge.
France strongly supports the aspirations of the Burmese people to live in a prosperous and democratic country that respects the rights of the people.