Ambassadors from the U.S. and Britain agreed to continue the humanitarian assistances to the refugees in Kachin State, who fled due to the outbreaks of [ongoing] fighting, during their meeting with Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) last week, in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina.
The U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel and his UK counterpart Andrew Patrick also met with the civil society organizations (CSOs), Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) and the UN agencies. During their meetings, they talked about the peace process and refugee concerns and also mentioned that they would always support for the peace in the country, according to Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, the General Secretary of KBC.
“They said they will constantly support humanitarian assistances to refugees as necessary. They will continue implementing the humanitarian reliefs. They also told us that our country should work harder to gain democratic federal union goal immediate, because of refugees’ miseries,” said Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson.
At the meeting with British and U.S. ambassadors, the KBC personnel presented the food shortages issues of Kachin refugees and also explained about the blockage humanitarian aids to refugee camps by the government authorities concerning security reasons, as said by Dr. Khurlam Samsung.
Additionally, British Ambassador Patrick and U.S. Ambassador Marciel met with the Myitkyina-based Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG), wherein the ambassadors mentioned to report and provide advices to respective officials regarding the ongoing war in the Kachin State, according to U N-shang San Awng of PCG.
“They will report about this skirmish. The public report to them that due to the combat the trust is damaged and there won’t be peace if the conflict is ongoing. They also talk about and give advices to stop the war. They also said they always support peace [process] and going to provide necessary aids,” said N-shang San Awng.
At the meeting, the PCG also stated that the Kachin people did not want peace that based on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA), however they want peace based on Panglong agreement.
Due to the limited time, the Kachin CSOs could not discuss in details [effectively] on the topics of armed conflict, peace process and human right violations, according the participants in the meeting.
During their 2-day trip from February 9 to 10, the British Ambassador Andrew Patrick, and U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel, along with their team members, also met with the commanding officer of Northern Military Command on February 10.
Translated by Aong Jaeneh