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World Focus on Burma (9 May 08)

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The Province

The Associated Press –
Tens of thousands of people die every year in Myanmar, also known as Burma, from tuberculosis, AIDS and diarrhea. Malaria alone kills about 3000 people …

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Wall Street Journal –
“Two weeks isn’t enough,” says Zin Linn, a spokesman for a US based government in exile, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma. …

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Monsters and Critics.com –
According to the Myanmar military junta’s latest figures, the Nargis cyclone which hit the country with extreme winds and a tidal surge claimed 22997 lives, …

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Canada.com, Canada –
As a result, the UN’s humanitarian food agency said it was suspending aid deliveries to Myanmar, also known as Burma. “The restrictions on us are …
Burma (Myanmar) aid logjam riles donors Christian Science Monitor
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Boston Globe

Reuters AlertNet, UK –
Though Yangon (Rangoon) escaped the total destruction that Cyclone Nargis brought to much of the rest of the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar), …
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Monsters and Critics.com

Asia Times Online, Hong Kong –
Please get this story out of Burma [Myanmar]. We can only just sit and pray. This is all we Burmese can do.” The following day the same person asked me in …
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USA Today –
Burma is still a big mess. CNN says the United Nations announced this morning that it’s suspending aid shipments to the cyclone-stricken country because …
BURMA: UN Aid Arrives, But Many Doors Still Closed Inter Press Service (subscription)
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CHQR

Times Online, UK –
“Myanmar is not in a position to receive rescue and information teams from foreign countries at the moment,” a government-run newspaper said. …
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CathNews

Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand –
… international network was working through Catholic Church partners in Myanmar, in direct response to the expressed needs of the Church in Burma/Myanmar. …
Humanitarian relief urgent in Myanmar ReliefWeb (press release)
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Reuters India, India –
“We’re outraged by the slowness of the response of the government of Burma (Myanmar) to welcome and accept assistance,” US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told …
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Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
“Myanmar (Burma) is not in a position to receive rescue and information teams from foreign countries at the moment,” a foreign ministry statement said. …
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The Southern Ledger

Euronews.net, France –
Pictures emerging from southern Myanmar, the former Burma, show how much of the region was devastated by the weekend’s devastating cyclone. …
World Vision in Myanmar Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre
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CCTV

Times Online, UK –
Qin Gang, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, has urged Burma to work with the international community. “We hope Myanmar will co-operate with the international …
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The Southern Ledger

NPR –
There is still no approval for US cargo planes filled with drinking water and other aid materials to land inside Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
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CBC.ca

guardian.co.uk, UK –
The foreign ministry said Burma would accept supplies from overseas, but would control the distribution for now. ” Myanmar [Burma] is giving priority to …
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The Southern Ledger

Voice of America –
… who said earlier the United States was considering air dropping relief supplies without permission into Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
UN demands Myanmar drop aid barriers Austin American-Statesman
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New York Daily News

Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia –
Rescue crews have been deported by Burma’s military junta, just a day after arriving in the disaster-stricken nation. The Burmese government declared it is …
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PRESS TV

Reuters –
Myanmar has allowed a handful of cargo flights to land in the former capital Yangon and unload emergency supplies for up to one million people left homeless …
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CTV.ca

The Canadian Press, TORONTO –
TORONTO — A member of a Toronto-based rapid response team says he is frustrated the team has been unable to secure visas to get into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar …
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Canada.com

Ottawa Citizen, Canada –
International disaster relief experts are still cooling their heels, mostly in Bangkok, waiting for visas to enter Burma, also known as Myanmar. …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
“We are awaiting acceptance from Myanmar of our offer of assistance. But we are continuing coordination both through the Burma Embassy here and our Embassy …
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Chicago Sun-Times, United States –
Though the cyclone hit Saturday, the Myanmar government continued to deny much foreign aid, said Jeremy Woodrum, director of the US Campaign for Burma. …
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TVNZ

GulfNews, United Arab Emirates –
The world needs to find a way to use its aid to create a real path to democracy in Burma [Myanmar], the kind that reacts well when its citizens cry out for …
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Church World Service (press release)

ReliefWeb (press release), Switzerland –
As the first few flights of relief supplies have reached the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar(Burma) the scope of the disaster is starting to take …
Donations needed for Burmese Aid Effort Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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The Irrawaddy News Magazine

The Age, Australia –
The recent cyclone in Burma heavily damaged rice fields there and sent rice prices soaring in the country. But rice traders said this had not pushed up …
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Reuters AlertNet

Yahoo! News –
WASHINGTON — One can only wonder how a country like Myanmar — historically known as Burma — can bear all the miseries being heaped upon it. …
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Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk, United Kingdom –
The authorities in Burma – called Myanmar by its military rulers – have allowed US military planes carrying aid to land in the cyclone-hit country, …
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San Francisco Chronicle, USA –
Villarosa said the challenge of restoring order was a huge one for the authorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar. “It’s my hope that they’re going to …
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Reuters AlertNet, UK –
WER is working in partnership with ADRA Burma, based locally within Myanmar (Burma), to provide emergency aid to victims of last week’s Cyclone Nargis. …
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Winston-Salem Journal

San Jose Mercury News, USA –
… and are going to all the villages that are not accessible anymore,’ ” said Chu, a former political prisoner who fled Burma, now known as Myanmar, …
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Ballard Communications Management (Press Releases), UK –
UK-DMC satellite image of Burma (Myanmar) showing the Rangoon (Yangon) area and southern coastal regions. Images taken of Myanmar, using UK-DMC’s 32 m …
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NDTV.com

AFP –
“We want to get aid into Burma as quickly as possible,” said spokesman Gordon Johndroe, referring to the country by its previous name, …
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Diocese of Lichfield, UK –
Every penny received from the appeal will be used to aid the people of Burma, primarily through the Anglican Church in Myanmar working with the mission …
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Inquirer.net, Philippines –
LABUTTA, BURMA—As corpses lay rotting alongside the bloated carcasses of animals, haunted survivors of last weekend’s cyclone told how entire families were ..
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Toronto Star, Canada –
Canadian Red Cross for emergency relief in Burma, also known as Myanmar. Other aid organizations in Canada have also responded. On Saturday, the first MSF …
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AFP

AFP –
“We call upon the authorities in Burma to open their doors to the generous assistance of the international community and to alleviate the disastrous …
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Corriere della Sera

Corriere della Sera, Italy –
Are the relief teams having difficulties entering Burma? What is the visa situation? «Cargo planes are just now starting to arrive in Myanmar. …
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The Associated Press

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.. and tens of thousands more are listed as missing, and the UN estimates more than 1 million people are homeless in Myanmar, which also is known as Burma. …
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The Associated Press

The Associated Press – During his 26-year rule, Ne Win’s regime curtailed human rights and political opposition and closed the country off to outsiders, earning Burma, …
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The Associated Press

The Associated Press –
Air Force transport planes and helicopters packed with supplies also sat waiting for a green light to enter Myanmar, also known as Burma. …
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BBC News

Scotsman, United Kingdom –
But more aid is desperately needed and the DEC is calling on people to donate to the Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Appeal. Calls to support the appeal have also …
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May 9, 2008 at 4:40 pm

UN chief: Burma must focus on tragedy, not vote

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Bangkok Post, 9 May 2008

New York (dpa) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged the Burmese military government to focus on its national tragedy in the wake of Cyclone Nargis as it prepared instead to hold a referendum this weekend on a new constitution.

Ban hinted that the referendum should be postponed, while the United Nations urged the international community to help the more than 1 million victims of the cyclone, which has killed an estimated 23,000 people with tens of thousands still missing.

“The secretary general, deeply concerned about the welfare of the people of Myanmar at this time of national tragedy, has taken note of the government’s decision to proceed with the constitutional referendum on May 10,” a UN statement said, using the military junta’s name for Burma.

The government has decided to postpone the referendum only in those areas worst hit by the storm.

“Due to the scope of the disaster facing Myanmar today, however, the secretary general believes that it may be prudent to focus instead on mobilising all available resources and capacity for the emergency response efforts,” the statement said.

UN undersecretary general for emergency relief, John Holmes, was to launch Friday a flash appeal for help to Burma’s cyclone victims.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=127564

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May 9, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Burma: Cyclone updated news (9 May 2008)

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FinalCall.com

UN Suspends Aid Supplies to Myanmar
New York Times –
By SETH MYDANS BANGKOK – The United Nations suspended relief supplies to Myanmar on Friday after the military government seized the food and equipment it had already sent into the country.

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$3 million Burma aid pathetic: Downer
ABC Online –
Australia’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Burma has drawn the indignation of the former foreign minister, Alexander Downer.
Burma aid blockages could be ‘catastrophic’ Telegraph.co.uk
Burmese Government Slows Relief Efforts Washington Post
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FinalCall.com

Myanmar turns back Qatari cyclone rescue team
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YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta turned back a disaster rescue team that arrived in Yangon from Qatar because the flight only had permission to deliver aid supplies, an official paper said on Friday.

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Citizen

UN blasts Myanmar for visa policy on aid workers
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The United Nations says Myanmar’s refusal to give visas to relief experts is “unprecedented” in the history of humanitarian work.

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Alalam News Network

Myanmar pressed to let aid in
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Myanmar ‘s military government has allowed in the first major international aid shipment but turned away American aid. The UN said it was “disappointed” with Myanmar over its failure to allow foreign relief workers and supplies into the country quickly
Myanmar says ‘not ready’ for foreign aid workers AFP
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UN demands Myanmar drop barriers to aid
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By Andy Newman and Seth Mydans UNITED NATIONS: With 1.5 million people in Myanmar now believed to be facing the threat of starvation and disease and with relief efforts still largely stymied by the country’s isolationist military rulers,
Video: Questions About Aid Plague Myanmar Cyclone AssociatedPress

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 9, 2008 at 6:20 am

UN ‘disappointed’ at Burma access

Page last updated at 20:59 GMT, Thursday, 8 May 2008 21:59 UK

UN ‘disappointed’ at Burma access

The UN outlines the ‘desperate’ need in Burma

The UN says it is extremely disappointed at the slow progress made in securing access to victims of last weekend’s cyclone in Burma.

Humanitarian chief John Holmes told reporters that Burma’s response was “nothing like as much as is needed”.

In addition to about 23,000 people who died in the storm and tidal surge, 1.5 million are at risk, he said.

The US has rejected an idea to air-drop supplies into Burma without permission, after its planes were denied entry.

Some supplies have been allowed into Burma but many more tonnes of aid, and dozens of foreign staff, have not.

In a statement, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that Burma’s ruling junta planned to press ahead with a constitutional referendum on Saturday, except in the worst-hit areas.

He said it might be “prudent to focus instead on mobilising all available resources and capacity for the emergency response efforts”.

Burmese state media say 22,980 people were killed by Cyclone Nargis but there are fears the figure could rise to 100,000.

‘Frustration growing’

At his briefing with reporters on Wednesday, Mr Holmes said progress was being made in securing easier access to the many victims, but he is now clearly losing patience, says the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan at UN headquarters in New York.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes
There is a real danger that an even worse tragedy may unfold if we cannot get the aid that’s desperately needed in quickly
John Holmes
UN humanitarian head

Mr Holmes warned that the situation was “increasingly desperate”.

As many as 1.5 million people were severely affected, he said, and there was a “real danger that an even worse tragedy may unfold if we cannot get the aid that’s desperately needed in quickly.

“Frustrations are growing about access,” he said.

Four flights carrying supplies from the UN’s World Food Programme arrived in Rangoon on Thursday, as well as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) flight.

But at least 40 UN expert staff are waiting in Bangkok for visas to enter Burma.

Mr Holmes said two out of four members of a specialist UN disaster assessment team had also been denied access when they arrived in Burma, despite apparently having the correct documents.

Secretary General Ban is trying to talk to the Burmese leader, Gen Than Shwe, to persuade him to remove those obstacles.

Reports from Rangoon and the Irrawaddy delta say there is now a greater presence of soldiers carrying out relief work, but that it remains a fraction of what is needed.

Thai soldiers load supplies for cyclone victims onto a Thai military transport plane in Bangkok

Aid stocks are ready to go, but much has not yet been allowed entry

Witnesses in the Irrawaddy delta say sewers and wells are contaminated and stinking, and the corpses of those who died are being left to decompose.

Anger at the slow response to this catastrophe is muted so far, says a BBC correspondent in Rangoon.

But there is potential for that anger to turn political – and it may be for that reason that the military regime here has closed the main Buddhist temples, fearing that they could become the focus for open dissent, our correspondent says.

Air drops?

Earlier reports that the US had been granted permission to fly in military planes loaded with its own supplies have not been borne out – though preparations to use US military equipment in a hoped-for multinational aid operation are continuing.

The US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzhad, said he was “outraged” by Burma’s slow response to offers of help.

EXTENT OF THE DEVASTATION
Detail from Nasa satellite images

Another US official, Ky Luu, director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the US development agency USAid, said one possibility was that supplies could be air-dropped to the afflicted areas without waiting for permission from Burmese authorities.

But when put to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he rebuffed the suggestion.

“I cannot imagine us going in without the permission of the Myanmar [Burma] government,” he told reporters.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm Mike Mullen, said such a move would violate sovereignty.

Correspondents say it would also risk alienating Burma’s regional allies.

France, which has argued that air drops without permission could be allowed under a UN “responsibility to protect” mandate, has once again said it wants to raise the crisis in Burma at the UN Security Council.

But China and Indonesia have countered that the humanitarian problem should not be politicised.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7391008.stm

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May 9, 2008 at 1:24 am