Journalists allowed to tour conflicted areas in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Dec 19 (IANS) Myanmar authorities have allowed journalists from local and international media to make a three-day tour from Monday to Maungdaw township in Rakhine state to cover conflicts.

The permission was given for the tour in response to the call of Kofi Annan, chairman of the government-assigned Advisory Commission, earlier this month, to allow access to information in Rakhine state to refute rumours, Xinhua news agency reported.

The journalists include those from the Foreign Correspondents Club.

Government spokesman U Zaw Htay said the security forces will escort the media team to the areas.

The advisory commission, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was formed in August to provide recommendation to the Myanmar government on measures for resolving the complex challenges facing Rakhine state.

A series of fighting followed after nine policemen and five soldiers were killed in violent attacks by armed men on October 9 on three border posts in Kyikanpyin of Maungdaw, Kotankauk of Rathedaung and Ngakhuya Office in the state.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew is still being imposed in the town since the attack.