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Myanmar says 'ready to provide humanitarian' help to boat migrants

Myanmar said Wednesday it was "ready to provide humanitarian assistance" to boatpeople, in its most conciliatory comments yet as several Southeast Asian neighbours meet to discuss the migrant crisis gripping the region.

world Updated: May 20, 2015 07:29 IST
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Myanmar said Wednesday it was "ready to provide humanitarian assistance" to boatpeople, in its most conciliatory comments yet as several Southeast Asian neighbours meet to discuss the migrant crisis gripping the region.

A foreign ministry statement in state media said Myanmar "shares concerns" of the international community and is "ready to provide humanitarian assistance to anyone who suffered in the sea", after the UN warned thousands of migrants -- including from the persecuted Rohingya minority -- were stranded off its coast.