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MSF ‘Encouraged’ by Talks to Reopen Shuttered Operations in Arakan

25 March 2014

MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu has been “encouraged” by talks with Burma’s government on resuming its medical aid work in Arakan State. “I was also able to have productive conversations with authorities and community leaders about working with them to improve mutual understanding and acceptance of MSF activities in the state, which remains a serious challenge,” Liu said, according to an MSF press release. Liu visited Burma from March 16-23. The government suspended MSF operations in Arakan State on Feb. 26, alleging that the organization’s provision of medical services was biased in favor of Rohingya Muslims. MSF said it had treated a population of 700,000 people in the state.