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STATEMENT ON MAYNMAR ISSUED BY THE ELEVENTH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS (COFCOR), 7-9 MAY 2008, BOLANS VILLAGE, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA


Posted in: Statements from CARICOM Meetings | 10 May 2008 | Release Ref #: NA | 1140

    Fully aware of its own vulnerability to natural catastrophes, and having repeatedly experienced the devastating effects of hurricanes, Ministers expressed their sympathy and solidarity with the people of Myanmar following last week’s disastrous cyclone which, by some accounts, is estimated to have taken 100,000 lives and rendered 1,500,000 homeless and destitute.
     
    The risk of starvation and disease among the affected population is great. The Caribbean Community is aware of the response being made by the international community to provide relief assistance to the affected communities.
     
    Against this background, the Caribbean Community is concerned that despite the mobilisation of aid and relief supplies by the international community, entry restrictions have been placed by the Myanmar Authorities on relief supplies and personnel.
     

    The COFCOR calls on the Government of Myanmar to grant urgently greater access to international relief supplies and personnel in order to avert further exacerbation of this humanitarian crisis

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