Published: Wednesday 21 May 2008 15:23 UTC (From www.radionetherlands.nl)
Last updated: Wednesday 21 May 2008 21:06 UTC
The European Parliament is threatening to bring the military regime in Myanmar before the International Court of Justice in The Hague for refusing to permit foreign aid organisations to enter the regions affected by cyclone Nargis. It will vote on Thursday on whether to charge the government with crimes against humanity.
UN head Ban Ki-moon is now travelling to Myanmar for a discussion with the country's head of state, Than Shwe, about the situation in the disaster area. So far, emergency aid has managed to reach only a fraction of the approximately two and a half million people affected by the cyclone. In addition, many people in the west of the country now are also feeling the effects of insufficient aid due to shortages of food and medicine.
The official death toll from cyclone Nargis now stands at 78,000. Tens of thousands of people are still missing.