UK Calls Summons Myanmar Ambassador for Aid Group Access to Arakan State

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By April 7, 2014 19:42

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Foreign aid workers-arrive in Yangon's airport after flying in from Sittwe where mobs have been rampaging through streets (Photograph Gemunu Amarasinghe- AP)

Foreign aid workers-arrive in Yangon’s airport after flying in from Sittwe where mobs have been rampaging through streets (Photograph Gemunu Amarasinghe- AP)

 (Reuters) – Britain summoned Myanmar’s ambassador on Monday calling on Myanmar to allow aid agencies to resume their work in violence-hit Rakhine state, according to Britain’s Foreign Office.

Several International NGO offices were attacked in the state and subsequently, more than 170 Aid Workers were forced out by the marauding Rakhine mobs.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been killed and more than 140,000 have been internally displaced since the state-sponsored genocide began in June 2012. All of them as well as other Rohingyas in many affected areas in Arakan were reliant on these NGOs.

Hugo Swire, a junior minister responsible for Asia, had summoned the ambassador for Myanmar (Burma), said a spokeswoman for Britain’s Foreign office.

“We continue to be gravely concerned by the situation of the Rohingya in Rakhine State,” she said.

“(Swire) called on the Burmese government urgently to restore humanitarian access to all communities in need, and to ensure the security of humanitarian aid workers and all communities in Rakhine State.”

Swire said on Twitter that Britain also had deep concerns about the conduct of a planned census in Myanmar.

(Based on the Reporting by Kylie MacLellan Editing by Andrew Osborn)

*Modifications have been made. The modifications should not be considered to be parts of the original report.

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