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Taiwanese urged to avoid travel to parts of Myanmar, the Philippines

Taiwanese urged to avoid travel to parts of Myanmar, the Philippines

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The Foreign Ministry on Friday urged Taiwanese people to avoid travel to several states in Myanmar due to clashes between government forces and ethnic minorities there. The ministry raised the travel alert to "orange" for the states of Kachin, Shan, Kayin and Mon, after tensions heightened between the military and armed groups affiliated with ethinic minorities.
Negotiations on a cease-fire has reached a deadlock and the situation is expected to worsen in late October and early November when a parliamentary election is scheduled and minority groups are expected to vie for greater autonomy. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry also urged Taiwanese people to avoid travel to the island of Mindanao in the Philippines due to a recent car bomb explosion and clashes between the government and anti-government militants. The explosion happened near a bus terminal in Zamboanga City on the southern island on Jan. 23, leaving two dead and over 50 injured. Also last week, Philippine police came under attack in the island's Maguindanao province by the Muslim militant groups Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The clashes killed over 64 Philippine police officers and eight MILF militants. In light of the fighting and the occassional abduction of foreigners by militants, the ministry said it would keep the travel alert for Mindanao at "orange." (By Hsish Chia-chen and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-28 18:26 GMT+08:00