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UN suspending aid ships to Myanmar after junta seizes material

BANGKOK, Thailand - The UN says it is suspending further aid shipments to Myanmar because it is being seized by the ruling military junta.


BANGKOK, Thailand - The UN says it is suspending further aid shipments to Myanmar because it is being seized by the ruling military junta.

Paul Risley, a spokesman for the World Food Program, says all the food aid and equipment that the agency has managed to get into the country has been confiscated.

He says the shipments included more than 34 tonnes of high-energy biscuits for victims of last weekend's devastating cyclone.

Risley says it is not clear why the material has been seized.

However, he says the WFP "has no choice" but to suspend further aid shipments until the matter is resolved.

 
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