UN Statement on events in Sittwe

United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar (a.i) 

Mr. Toily Kurbanov

A WFP warehouse in Sittwe was ransacked by Buddhist mob on March 28. (Photo : Facebook)

A WFP warehouse in Sittwe was ransacked by Buddhist mob on March 28. (Photo : Facebook)

(Yangon, 27 March 2014) I am deeply concerned about the attacks starting 25 March 2014 on UN and INGO premises in Sittwe by unidentified groups of demonstrators.

I call upon the Government to ensure the protection of the humanitarian and development community in Rakhine State. The United Nations and its partners remain determined to continue providing life-saving humanitarian assistance.

I reiterate concern that any reduction of humanitarian presence could negatively affect the protection of vulnerable people.

I urge the authorities to ensure an appropriate response is provided and perpetrators are held accountable.

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