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US Welcomes Kachin Ceasefire Talks

8 February 2013

The US welcomes the ceasefire talks between Burma’s government and Kachin rebels that took place in China on Monday. “We encourage cooperation between the two sides in order to achieve sustainable peace,” State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala told The Irrawaddy. “We continue to raise our concerns about the plight of internally displaced persons and refugees,” he said. The Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Burma Vijay Nambiar welcomed the government’s announcement on Tuesday that it would allow UN aid to all displaced Kachin civilians, including in rebel-held areas. “He hoped that the authorities would help reach such supplies in increased quantities to those in dire need at the earliest,” a UN statement said.