UN chief urges Myanmar gov't to allow quick arrival of aid workers

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May 7, 2008 19:47

 
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging Myanmar's government to speed the arrival of aid workers and relief supplies "in every way possible" to help the estimated one million people left homeless by Cyclone Nargis. UN deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said Thursday that Ban welcomes the news that some UN aid officials will be allowed into Myanmar. She says this "will assist assessment and prioritization efforts." UN humanitarian chief John Holmes says four Asian members of a UN disaster coordination team have clearance to fly to Myanmar on Thursday. A fifth member, who is not Asian, is still trying to get a visa.

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