Statement by the spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on fighting in the Kachin State in Myanmar

Brussels, 15-1-2013 — / — The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:

“The High Representative is deeply concerned about the continuous fighting in the Kachin State, putting at risk the nation-wide peace process and the gains already made. The latest reports of the shelling of Laiza and the resulting deaths of innocent civilians are particularly troubling. They point to a dangerous escalation of the conflict leading to more suffering for the people in Kachin.

The High Representative urges all sides to end the hostilities and to engage in dialogue towards a settlement in earnest immediately.

The EU also continues to stress the urgency of providing unhindered access for humanitarian relief to the displaced population.”


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