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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 216020, tabled on 26 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on allowing humanitarian access to Rohingya Muslims who are displaced in Rakhine state.

Answered on

3 December 2014

We have raised our concerns at the situation of the Rohingya community in every one of our recent Ministerial contacts with the Burmese government.

The former Foreign Secretary, my right hon. Friend the member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised the situation in Rakhine State in a call with his Burmese counterpart, U Wunna Maung Lwin, in April. He called for the Burmese government to facilitate humanitarian assistance to all communities in the State.

I also raised this issue with Khin Maung Soe, Burmese Minister for Electric Power in July, as well as with the Burmese Ambassador, whom I summoned in April to register my concerns.

My hon. Friend the member for New Forest West and Minister of State for International Development (Mr Swayne), discussed Rakhine with Minister for the President’s Office, U Soe Thein in August. In October the Minister of State for International Development specifically raised the difficulty of delivering humanitarian assistance to displaced people in Rakhine with the Minister for Immigration and the Rakhine Chief Minister.

In Rangoon our Ambassador and Embassy officials consistently discuss these concerns with representatives of the Burmese government.