UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern at
reports of air strikes in Myanmar's Kachin State, where a
20-month conflict between government troops and rebels has
"(Ban) has taken serious note of the most recent reports
indicating air strikes against targets in Kachin State," UN
spokesman Martin Nesirky said in a statement.
"While details of these reports are still emerging and being
closely followed, the Secretary-General calls upon the
Myanmar authorities to desist from any action that could
endanger the lives of civilians living in the area or further
intensify the conflict in the region," he said.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has introduced social and
economic reforms since a quasi-civilian government took power
in 2011 after nearly half a century of military rule.
The changes have attracted large numbers of foreign investors
and prompted the United States and European Union to ease
longstanding sanctions to encourage further reform.
But ethnic conflicts continue across the Southeast Asian
nation, including in Kachin State.
"The ongoing hostilities have already caused large-scale
displacement of civilians who continue to be in need of
humanitarian assistance," Nesirky said. "It is vital that
timely access be provided for the delivery of aid to