U.N. says it has Myanmar green light to resume food aid to Rakhine

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 27, 2017 5:18 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar authorities have agreed to allow the United Nations to resume food distributions in northern Rakhine state, suspended for nearly two months, World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said on Friday.

"WFP has been given the green light to resume food assistance operation in northern part of Rakhine. We are working with the government to coordinate the details," Luescher told a news briefing in Geneva.

She had no timeline or details on the proposed distribution of rations to members of the Rohingya minority still living in northern Rakhine, and said it was still being discussed with the authorities in Myanmar.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles)