"BANGKOK: In what he said appeared to be a breakthrough after three weeks of obstructionism, the United Nations general secretary, Ban Ki-moon, said Friday that the leader of Myanmar's military junta had promised to allow into the country 'all aid workers' of any nationality.I heard a more optimistic story on NPR this morning which indicated that the aid could come in on civilian ships and small boats. I guess we will have to wait and see what will actually happen.
But Ban gave no indication when the Myanmar government would allow aid workers to enter the country and whether they would be allowed to travel to the badly-hit Irrawaddy Delta.
The statement was met with surprise and wariness by relief officials, including some affiliated with the United Nations, who have been struggling since the cyclone against the intransigence of the Myanmar authorities to let in aid workers."
Friday, May 23, 2008
UN chief says junta to let aid workers into Myanmar - International Herald Tribune: