US urges Myanmar to give access to Rakhine

The United States has expressed concern about the conflicts in Myanmar, urging authorities to allow humanitarian aid to Rakhine State, according to its September-7 announcement.

"The United States is deeply concerned about the troubling situation in Burma's (Myanmar’s) northern Rakhine State," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters yesterday.

"We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the international community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations," she added.

But the State Department would not say whether Washington is considering sanctions against Myanmar nor who is responsible for ongoing conflicts.

Nauert said US diplomats are in regular touch with Myanmar authorities but that Rakhine is "a difficult place to get information from, it's difficult to get access to".