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UN seeks access to Burmese refugees in China

world Updated: Sep 04, 2009 22:23 IST

United Nations on Friday asked Beijing to provide access to it to the Burmese refugees who have crossed over to China as a result of the recent military action by Burmese Army against ethnic groups.

"We hope this request will be positively considered as additional displacement may occur in the region should the situation deteriorate in the Wa state of Myanmar," Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Geneva.

The 13,000 or so refugees, who reportedly fled fighting in early August between Myanmar Government troops and ethnic minority groups, are being accommodated in seven camp sites in Yunnan province.

"As a protection agency, UNHCR wishes to visit these locations to assist the Government in the provision of humanitarian assistance and to determine whether any of the people who remain there are in need of international protection," said Mahecic.

He said the agency is aware of reports from the Chinese media that some of the 37,000 ethnic Chinese Kokang people who crossed into China from Myanmar have begun returning home.