Myanmar gives U.N. aid green light after cyclone

BANGKOK Mon May 5, 2008 8:02pm IST

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar's military authorities gave the United Nations permission on Monday to send emergency aid to help the hundreds of thousands of victims of this weekend's cyclone, a U.N. spokesman said.

World Food Program (WFP) officials met senior government ministers in Yangon on Monday afternoon and got a "careful green light", said WFP spokesman Paul Riley in Bangkok.

"The government indicated willingness to accept international assistance through the U.N. agencies."

(Reporting by Ed Copley; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)