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UN forced to suspend aid flights to Myanmar


The UN’s food agency has suspended aid flights to Mynamar after the military government seized two deliveries intended for victims of the recent devastating cyclone.

Military leaders have said they will accept foreign aid, but not overseas relief workers.

The World Food Programme said it would not fly in any more aid until it had guarantees that it would not be impounded by the junta.

At least 42,000 people have been killed, but it is feared the death toll will be much higher as tens of thousands of people are still missing.

Myanmar’s generals are coming under mounting pressure to allow the international community to help the country recover from the worst cyclone to hit Asia since 1991.

Despite the desperate needs of the cyclone survivors, the Myanmar authorities are adamant that they alone will distribute food and essential supplies.

But, amid the chaos, tomorrow’s referendum on an army-drafted constitution remains a top priority for the junta.

They have broadcast a video to encourage people to vote.

Outside Mynamar’s embassy in Bangkok, human right’s activists voiced their anger.

France and Germany are expected ask the UN Security Council to put pressure on the Myanmar leadership.

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