A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson commented today (13 March) on the situation in Myanmar:
The reports on the situation in Rakhine and on the fighting in north-eastern Myanmar give us cause for concern. The refugee movements sparked by these conflicts are also disquieting.
It is now a matter of urgency that humanitarian agencies be granted access to get aid to the people in the region – both in Rakhine and in the areas affected by hostilities in Kachin and Shan. Independent observers must also be permitted to report objectively on the situation.
The Government of Myanmar faces great challenges, as shown by the latest UN reports on the incidents in Rakhine. We are working to obtain full clarification and hope that the efforts of the Myanmar Government, drawing on the Rakhine development plan and the recommendations of the Advisory Commission chaired by Kofi Annan, will bring about a lasting improvement to the situation.
Over the past years Myanmar has undergone a remarkable and encouraging process of reform. The Government in Nay Pyi Taw has a historic chance to lead the country further towards democracy, peace and prosperity, taking all the people of Myanmar with it on this journey. The European Union and the German Government will continue to offer their support to the Government of Myanmar as it pursues these goals.