Possible Breakthrough on Myanmar Aid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Naypyitaw, Myanmar (AP) A crucial two-hour meeting between the U.N. Head and military leaders in reclusive Myanmar today may have produced a breakthrough for cyclone victims.

It's been three weeks since the storm hit the Southeast Asian nation. At least 78,000 people have been killed and some 2.5 million are in dire straits. Other countries, including the U.S., have been anxiously trying to get help to them but Myanmar's military rulers have been refusing to let most aid in.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has met with the country's top general today. Ban says the leader has agreed to allow “all aid workers” in. Asked if that's a breakthrough, Ban said, “I think so.”

Before now, the general has refused even to take the Secretary-General's calls.

Ban doesn't say whether foreign relief experts will be allowed into the devastated delta region. Most relief workers have been confined to Myanmar's main city, Yangon.

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