Statement on Fighting in Northern Myanmar

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by the escalating violence in Kachin and Shan State and reports of abuses against civilians. We continue to call for restraint from all sides and urge immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to all those affected by conflict throughout the country.  Continued conflict undermines the trust necessary to achieve a durable peace, and disproportionately affects the lives of innocent civilians and the thousands of IDPs forced from their homes.  The U.S. Embassy urges all sides to cease hostilities so that the important effort to achieve peace can move forward.