Saturday, May 17, 2008

Myanmar Update

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After concerns that Myanmar authorities improperly took some previous relief supplies, Myanmar is now allowing U.S. government aid workers to give aid directly to private aid groups.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday there have been questions about whether supplies have reached victims of the cyclone that ravaged the southern part of the nation two weeks ago.

"We are doing our best to make sure that what is delivered in Yangon makes it down to the affected areas to those who need it," he said at his midday briefing in Washington.

"Given the current circumstances, you can't construct a perfect system for doing that."

"We have four C-130 relief flights that landed in Yangon today. Two of the shipments were handed over directly to NGOs," he said, using the shorthand for non-governmental organizations, or private relief groups. "That is the first time that has happened."

'Bout time.

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