U.N. official urges Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state.

U.N. official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives.

A U.N. assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Ursula Mueller, said authorities had turned down her requests to meet those displaced by the conflict in a region barred to most aid groups since the fighting broke out.

Mueller told Journalists that they need access – predictable, sustained access – to reach the people in need, at the end of a six-day visit to the Southeast Asian nation. Rakhine has been in the global spotlight since 2017, after roughly 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown in response to militant attacks crossed into neighboring Bangladesh.

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