The European Union has warned Myanmar’s military leaders that they could be committing “a crime against humanity” by blocking aid deliveries to cyclone survivors. The European Development Commissioner, Louis Michel, is on his way to the former Burma to try to convince them to open up their borders.
The Spanish State Secretary for European Affairs, Diego Lopez Garrido, was at the emergency talks in Brussels: “If the junta puts up obstacles to this aid we will face a case that we could consider as a crime against humanity. The junta, with its action, allows thousands of people to die.”
Some aid has arrived at Yangon airport and is being distributed, but only under the direct control of the military, and only about a tenth of what is needed is getting through to the devastated Irrawaddy Delta.
Myanmar has so far rejected US attempts to deliver supplies directly by helicopter or ship. Eleven days on from the disaster, most foreign aid workers are still barred.