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The Heads of Missions of the EU Delegation and EU Member States accredited to Myanmar issue the following statement:
Escalating armed clashes and military action in Kachin, northern Shan and in parts of Kayin States resulted in displacements of more than ten thousand civilians, caught many communities in areas of conflict in dire conditions and resulted in the loss of civilian lives, property and livelihood. Reports of the use of excessive combat force, of civilians being prevented from fleeing and of denied access to immediate humanitarian assistance of civilians in need are extremely worrying.
As a formal international witness to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), the European Union emphasises the need for all parties to the conflict to immediately cease hostilities and offensive combat operations in order to protect civilians. Unfettered humanitarian access must be granted without delay and in full respect of international humanitarian law so that the most urgent needs of civilians can be catered for.
Lasting peace in Myanmar must come through negotiations and constructive political dialogue between all parties concerned. In this context, the Government of Myanmar must ensure the right to free expression and peaceful assembly; no person should be detained, arrested, charged or sentenced for non-violently expressing a desire for an end to hostilities and for peace.
Ms Valerie ZIRL
Public Diplomacy Adviser
Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar