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  • 1. UN voices concern as fresh fighting in Myanmar uproots thousands28 August 2009 – The United Nations refugee agency today voiced its concern about reports thatbetween 10,000 and 30,000 refugees have fled violence in Myanmars north-eastern Shan state inrecent weeks and headed to Chinas Yunnan province.Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reportersin Geneva that the agency is liaising with the authorities to investigate what the needs of the refugeesare.“Our information is that as many as 30,000 people may have taken shelter in Nansan county since 8August, saying they were fleeing fighting between Myanmar Government troops and ethnic minoritygroups,” he stated.According to information received by UNHCR, local authorities in Yunnan Province have alreadyprovided emergency shelter, food and medical care to the refugees.“UNHCR has reiterated its readiness to provide support to the authorities in responding to the needs ofthese refugees,” said Mr. Mahecic.