UK urges Myanmar to give access to UN mission



The U.K. has urged Myanmar’s government to cooperate with a UN mission to crisis-hit Rakhine state, a British minister said on Monday.
Britain “strongly condemns the latest violence,” Lord Ahmad, the U.K.’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations told the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“We urge all parties to de-escalate tensions, and address the desperate and deteriorating humanitarian crisis,” the minister said.
The U.K. was “concerned about previous allegations of human rights violations by the Burmese security forces, to which this Council responded by setting up a Fact Finding Mission”, Ahmad said, referring to Myanmar by its former name.—Agencies