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MSF: Doctors Without Borders Pulls French Staff From Burma


The medical charity group Doctors Without Borders says that after four years in Burma, it has closed its French offices in the country because of what it calls unacceptable conditions.

The organization said today-Thursday it closed its medical offices in a region bordering Thailand that is caught in an armed conflict between the Burmese military and rebel groups. The offices were in the states of Mon and Karen, and mainly focused on malaria treatment.

The organization said the offices were closed because of unacceptable conditions imposed by the authorities on how to provide relief to people living in war-affected areas.

It said by late 2005, military authorities had imposed many travel restrictions on its medical workers, and applied pressure on local health authorities not to cooperate with the organization.

Doctors Without Borders says its Dutch and Swiss offices will continue to provide services in Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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