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US sets condition for aid: unhindered access

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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left smiles as he rides out to inspect a Cyclone Nargis aid flight  with ASEAN Secretary General  Surin Pitsuwan during ceremonies Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Thailand.  Ban Ki-moon and others gathered for the inaugural flight of the new ASEAN-UN joint logistics staging area.  (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

AP Photo: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left smiles as he rides out to inspect a Cyclone Nargis…
YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar must grant “unhindered access” to cyclone-devasated areas as a condition for receiving more American aid, a top U.S. official said Sunday.

Scot Marciel, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state, has told an international donors conference in Myanmar that the United States is prepared to offer significant aid for cyclone survivors if the junta allows foreign experts to assess the affected areas.

He told the conference the U.S. has already provided more than $20.5 million in aid.

Cyclone Nargis struck three weeks ago. Myanmar’s ruling generals told the United Nations on Friday they were now willing to allow all foreign aid workers into the devastated Irrawaddy delta to assess the damage.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 25, 2008 at 7:56 am

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World focus on Burma (25 May 08)

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The Irrawaddy News Magazine
UN chief in Myanmar for cyclone donors meeting
The Canadian Press –
YANGON, Myanmar – A 50-nation conference to pledge funds for survivors of Myanmar’s cyclone convened Sunday after the country’s xenophobic junta promised to open their doors to critically needed foreign assistance.
Summit in Myanmar aims to boost donations CNN International
Donors and Myanmar to work on differences over aid Reuters
Chicago TribuneBloombergInternational Herald TribuneTelegraph.co.uk
all 5,569 news articles »

Turkish Press
Musicians help plug aid gap in stricken Burma
Times Online –
There is hope this weekend that more international specialists will be allowed into the country after a promise by General Than Shwe, Burma’s ruler, to Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary-general. It may prove too little too late.
Myanmar holds constitutional referendum in cyclone-stricken areas International Herald Tribune
Food for all can stem hungry tide The Statesman
AFPBloombergHindustan TimesInternational Herald Tribune
all 209 news articles »

The Irrawaddy News Magazine
45 countries pledge aid, insist on Burma access
Bangkok Post –
Rangoon (dpa) – An aid-pledging conference for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which slammed into Burma three weeks ago leaving 133000 dead or missing, opened Sunday amid widespread perplexity over the government’s stance on the disaster.
International donors gather for Burma aid conference ABC Online
UK minister at Burma aid conference The Press Association
Daily NationBBC NewsInquirer.netBBC News
all 268 news articles »

PRESS TV
UN Chief in Quake Zone: Crisis Compassion — and Jab at Myanmar?
ABC News –
According to his aides, Ban Ki-moon’s mission was also about something else today, a shot across the bow of the military government in neighboring Myanmar, whose slow response to the recent cyclone has been highly denounced. While he was in Myanmar on …
$10m aid pledge for Myanmar News24
China offers 10 million dollars for Myanmar cyclone: Wen ABS CBN News
The Associated PressInternational Herald Tribuneguardian.co.ukCTV.ca
all 1,101 news articles »

TopNews
UN head opens air hub of assistance for Myanmar
China Daily –
Ban attended a ceremony at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, Thailand, Saturday to officially open a UN Staging Area (UNSA) here as a logistic air hub for coordinating flown-in international assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
Thai aid base will save lives in Burma: Ban ABC Online
UN Opens Thai Staging Base for Burma Relief Voice of America
Yahoo! NewsUN News CentreThai News Agency MCOTAsia Times Online
all 198 news articles »

Thai News Agency MCOT
Myanmar hosts cyclone aid meeting
Aljazeera.net –
Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has returned to Myanmar for an international aid conference that seeks to raise funds for victims of Cyclone Nargis.
UN chief tours two cyclone-hit areas in Myanmar Xinhua
Myanmar: Health cluster situation report no. 17, 23 May 2008 ReliefWeb (press release)
Reuters UKReutersXinhuaReuters
all 110 news articles »
Hidden strings attached to feds’ pledge to match donations for …
The Canadian Press – 6 hours ago
That excludes all the donations that poured in immediately after the devastating May 2 cyclone in Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the May 12 earthquake in China. Typically, humanitarian groups say the flow of donations is greatest within the first 72 …
CIDA contributes much needed funds to The Humanitarian Coalition Canada NewsWire (press release)
all 30 news articles »

BBC News
Tory calls Burma’s leaders ‘evil’
BBC News –
A leading Tory has said that the military regime in cyclone-struck Burma should be hauled before the International Criminal Court.
Burmese junta should be tried: Tory The Press Association
Tory calls for Burma action TeleText
Melbourne Herald SunReliefWeb (press release)EUobserver.com
all 129 news articles »

Ottawa Citizen
Australia to attend Burma donors’ meeting
ABC Online –
By South East Asia correspondent Karen Percy Burma’s military junta is seeking $11.5 billion in funding to rebuild after Cyclone Nargis at a meeting of donor countries in Rangoon today, but there are concerns that the generals are not offering enough …
McMullan in Burma to promote cyclone aid Sydney Morning Herald
McMullan to travel to Burma The Age
Ottawa CitizenReliefWeb (press release)NewsBlaze
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BBC News
Burma: will the aid get through?
Sunday Herald –
Each morning, I pick up a copy of the New Light of Myanmar, the government’s state newspaper and official mouthpiece. In sharp contrast to the first-hand accounts I am hearing, the pictures and articles depict a successful and efficient disaster-relief …
Cautious response to Burma pledge BBC News
Aid agencies cautious after Burma pledge ABC Online
Bangkok PostInter Press Service (subscription)The AgeBangkok Post
all 20 news articles »

The Southern Ledger
Relief groups ready to step up Myanmar aid
The Associated Press – May 23, 2008
GENEVA (AP) – Myanmar’s promise to open its doors to aid workers sparked hope Friday among relief agencies that they could soon bring food, shelter and medicine to more of the country’s cyclone victims, but they cautiously awaited practical details.
Myanmar generals – the sick men of Asia GulfNews
UN chief says Myanmar agrees to receive aid workers from all countries Xinhua
Malaysia StarThe Associated PressXinhuaXinhua
all 139 news articles »

Javno.hr
Aid agencies plan next move in Burma
Radio Australia – May 23, 2008
International relief agencies have begun planning their next move after a deal to let aid workers into Burma to help survivors of Cyclone Nargis was struck last night.
Canadian cargo aircraft to assist WFP in Myanmar WFP
UN seeks more aid access in Myanmar Aljazeera.net
Melbourne Herald SunWall Street JournalBangkok PostSify
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Novice Workers Struggle in Burma
Washington Post –
Than Shwe, Burma’s powerful military and government chief, told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that foreign humanitarian workers will be permitted to join the relief effort.
Charity worker’s Burma mission ic Wales
all 3 news articles »

The Southern Ledger
Western navy help unwanted by Myanmar
The Associated Press – May 23, 2008
… we may have an opportunity to assist the people of Burma in the wake of this natural disaster,” said Lt. Denver Applehans.
Laura Bush to Myanmar: ‘Let people of US help’ AFP
Relief workers can help, but not military vessels KESQ
The Australian
all 230 news articles »
UN’s Ban hopes Burma crisis reached ‘turning point’
ABC Online –
“I believe (the agreements) herald a new spirit of cooperation and partnership between Myanmar and the international community,” Mr Ban said.

The Associated Press
UN chief in Myanmar for cyclone donors meeting
The Associated Press –
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The UN secretary-general arrived in Myanmar on Sunday to steer a 50-nation conference that will pledge funds for survivors of Cyclone Nargis after the country’s military junta promised to open its doors to critically needed …

AFP
Nations meet on Myanmar disaster aid
AFP –
YANGON (AFP) – Nations and aid groups met Sunday to discuss billions of dollars for cyclone-hit Myanmar, which is welcoming donations but baulking at foreign aid workers to supervise how and where the money is spent.

TopNews
Aid flies to Burma
Bangkok Post –
It was the inaugural flight of what is hoped will be a series of aid flights, partly made possible by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who flew to Burma last week to confront the military junta and insist they allow aid and experts into the country.
Samak criticises newspaper photographers for disturbing UN, ASEAN … Nation Multimedia
First aid flight takes off from Don Mueang Bangkok Post
all 7 news articles »

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 25, 2008 at 6:20 am

Burma: Cyclone updated top news (25 May 2008)

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U.N., Myanmar put positive spin on cyclone aid

Reuters,

By Patrick Worsnip

YANGON (Reuters) – The United Nations and Myanmar’s military government put a positive spin on differences over relief and rebuilding needs for millions of cyclone survivors at a pledging conference in Yangon on Sunday.

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Voice of America

UN Chief Says Myanmar Yields on Aid Workers

New York Times –
By SETH MYDANS BANGKOK – Myanmar’s military junta promised on Friday to allow into the country “all aid workers” of any nationality, after three weeks of blocking most assistance to cyclone victims, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon,
Myanmar Seeks Money at Cyclone Donor Conference (Update1) Bloomberg
Donors pledge cyclone aid The Associated Press
ReutersABC OnlineCNN InternationalAFP
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U.S. demands ‘unhindered access’ for Myanmar aid

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YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar must grant “unhindered access” to cyclone-devasated areas as a condition for receiving more American aid, a top U.S. official said Sunday.

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BBC News

Donors and Myanmar to work on differences over aid

Reuters –
By Patrick Worsnip YANGON (Reuters) – International donors and Myanmar’s military government hoped to reconcile major differences over relief and rebuilding needs for millions of cyclone survivors at a pledging conference in Yangon on Sunday.
Donors pledge cyclone aid at Myanmar conference The Associated Press
Summit in Myanmar aims to boost donations CNN International
BloombergAljazeera.netWinston-Salem JournalInternational Herald Tribune
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Nation Multimedia

Musicians help plug aid gap in stricken Burma

Times Online –
There is hope this weekend that more international specialists will be allowed into the country after a promise by General Than Shwe, Burma’s ruler, to Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations secretary-general. It may prove too little too late.
Myanmar holds constitutional referendum in cyclone-stricken areas International Herald Tribune
Food for all can stem hungry tide The Statesman
AFPBloombergHindustan TimesInternational Herald Tribune
all 208 news articles »


BBC News

45 countries pledge aid, insist on Burma access

Bangkok Post –
Rangoon (dpa) – An aid-pledging conference for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which slammed into Burma three weeks ago leaving 133000 dead or missing, opened Sunday amid widespread perplexity over the government’s stance on the disaster.
International donors gather for Burma aid conference ABC Online
UK minister at Burma aid conference The Press Association
Daily NationBBC NewsInquirer.netBBC News
all 268 news articles »


Thai News Agency MCOT

UN head opens air hub of assistance for Myanmar

China Daily –
Ban attended a ceremony at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, Thailand, Saturday to officially open a UN Staging Area (UNSA) here as a logistic air hub for coordinating flown-in international assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
Thai aid base will save lives in Burma: Ban ABC Online
UN Opens Thai Staging Base for Burma Relief Voice of America
UN News CentreThai News Agency MCOTAsia Times OnlineBP News
all 198 news articles »

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Donors pledge cyclone aid at 50-nation Myanmar conference

YANGON, Myanmar – A 50-nation conference to pledge funds for survivors of Myanmar’s cyclone convened Sunday after the country’s xenophobic junta promised to open their doors to critically needed foreign assistance.

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 25, 2008 at 6:11 am