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Asked for any more information on Burma, the PMS replied that Foreign Office consular officials had been alerted to 17 Britons whose friends and relatives believed to be in Burma and who had not made contact since the typhoon struck. The Foreign Office have said that the non-contact could be down to a number of factors including communications problems resulting from the cyclone. We had seen this morning the issue about UN planes not being able to enter as they still did not have permission to land, and on the question of access to Burma for international staff, we were getting mixed signals at the moment. Some agencies appeared to quickly have received visas, others notably the UN team in Bangkok were still waiting for permission to enter the country. In a situation like this clearly every hour counted, and we were continuing to press the Burmese for speedy access.

Asked if there was any action in the UN to press them further, the PMS replied that at the moment this was being conducted through the Embassy, but best to check with the Foreign Office – he was sure that we would be wanting to use all of our channels to put as much pressure on as possible.

Asked for any reaction to the Chinese beginning to put pressure on Burma, the PMS replied that we had not said anything specific on that point up to now, but obviously Burma was something that we had been talking to the Chinese about for some time now. It was best to check with the Foreign Office, but he was sure we were in regular contact with the Chinese along with a number of other key international partners.

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