Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

US 'deeply concerned' over Myanmar unrest deaths
by Staff Writers
Yangon (AFP) Jan 17, 2013

The US ambassador to Myanmar has said he is "deeply concerned" about civilian deaths in a recent attack on a rebel stronghold in the country's north during the escalation of a bitter civil war.

Derek Mitchell called for both Myanmar's army and ethnic minority fighters to "stop the violence" in Kachin state near the border with China, but acknowledged that "mistrust is deep" in the increasingly bloody unrest.

"We strongly oppose any actions that harm or threaten to harm civilians," Mitchell said in comments tweeted by the United States embassy in Yangon on Thursday.

He added that he was "deeply concerned about recent civilian deaths in Laiza", the busy border town that also acts as the headquarters for the Kachin Independence Army.

Three people, including a teenager and elderly man, were killed and several others were wounded after blasts in the centre of Laiza that the rebels say were a result of army shelling. Myanmar has denied the accusations.

An upsurge in fighting since December has overshadowed Myanmar's wider political reforms, with the military's use of air strikes sparking a growing international outcry.

Britain this week joined the US and UN in criticising the military's use of jets and helicopters in the conflict, which erupted again in June 2011 when a 17-year ceasefire collapsed.

Myanmar has reached tentative peace deals with a number of major ethnic groups as part of reforms under a quasi-civilian regime that replaced outright military rule in 2011, but negotiations with the Kachin have failed to bear fruit.

Mitchell called on the two sides to "build trust, create conditions for dialogue and make peace".

"(The) US has long had a humanitarian interest in getting access to and assisting civilians caught up in the crossfire of conflict," he added.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Kachin state since the breakdown of the ceasefire, with local relief workers estimating some 15,000 have taken shelter in Laiza.

The fighting has seen several shells exploding on the Chinese side of the border, with Beijing on Thursday complaining of a fresh blast two days earlier.

"We express strong concern and dissatisfaction with the relevant incident, and request that Myanmar conduct a thorough investigation and take necessary measures to prevent similar events from happening again," said China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

No one was killed in the incident and Beijing said it had taken unspecified measures to "to preserve the management of public order" in the area.


Related Links
Democracy in the 21st century at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Obama team launches inaugural mobile app
Washington (AFP) Jan 14, 2013
Organizers unveiled the first-ever smartphone app for a US presidential inauguration on Monday, allowing users to track Barack Obama's swearing in, sign up for events and check maps for the closest toilets. The Presidential Inaugural Committee's debut application for iPhone and Android users provides a front-row seat for people not in Washington on January 21, while offering tips to attendee ... read more

Canada to resettle up to 5,000 Iranian, Iraqi refugees

China factory fire hidden by thick smog: media

Allianz sticks to profit goal despite Hurricane Sandy hit

Hannover Re hit by 261-million-euro loss from Sandy

ECAPS signs contract with Skybox for complete propulsion system

Boeing Grows Composite Manufacturing Capability in Utah

Molecular machine could hold key to more efficient manufacturing

Study reveals ordinary glass's extraordinary properties

MBL scientists find 'bipolar' marine bacteria, refuting 'everything is everywhere' idea

Wales, fishermen discuss protection zones

Living cells behave like fluid-filled sponges

Taiwan mulls shipping water from China as ties improve

Russian national park to bridge US-Russia divide

Will changes in climate wipe out mammals in Arctic and sub-Arctic areas?

Global warming opening up Russia's Arctic

Antarctic lake reached after millennia

China crash sees cats escape cooking pot

How does your garden glow?

EU hints at insecticide ban over threat to bees

Using lysine estimates to detect heat damage in DDGS

Eleven dead, two missing as floods swamp central Jakarta

Four children die in Mozambique floods

Mozambique floods kill 2, destroy homes

Volcano lava flows worry Italian island

Hollande, in Gulf, defends France's Mali offensive

French marines in Mali wait for orders to join the fight

Mali Islamists flee bases, battered by French airstrikes

U.S. frets it'll get dragged into Mali war

Eliminating useless information important to learning, making new memories

Tech world crawling into the crib

Promising compound restores memory loss and reverses symptoms of Alzheimer's

Dopamine-receptor gene variant linked to human longevity

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement