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UN special envoy in Thailand to meet Foreign Minister about Myanmar crisis

Tim Newton

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PHOTO: Special Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener - The MM Times

The UN’s special envoy on Myanmar is meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in ongoing diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution for the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.

But Thai officials have put her quarantine ahead of the needs of the Burmese people with Christine Schraner Burgener, who arrived in Bangkok yesterday, having to spend 7 days in ASQ before meeting in person with FM Don. The special envoy received 2 doses of Covid vaccine before her departure to Thailand.

She is visiting Thailand as part of a quick (well, not so quick with the imposed 7 day delay) diplomatic tour around ASEAN nations to “explore possible solutions” to the continuing carnage in Myanmar brought about by the Tatmadaw following a military coup on February 1. Nearly 600 civilians have been killed by gangs of soldiers under orders to crackdown on protesters who insist on a return of the civilian Aung San Suu Kyi government.

In the November general election in Myanmar, the military backed parties only gained 17% of the total vote. Military chiefs say that there was “voting irregularities” despite Myanmar’s independent election commission claiming the vote was “free and fair”.

Christine Schraner Burgener, a former Swiss ambassador to Thailand, has served as the special envoy on Myanmar for 3 years. Her specific mandate from the UN is to “support the reform, reconciliation and democratisation processes in Myanmar, as well as to address violence in Rakhine State and Rohingya displaced persons”.

Thailand’s government whilst calling for a peaceful resolution has held back from more forceful language over the violence in the neighbouring country. The government has also come under fire from NGOs stationed on the border, monitoring the flow of refugees crossing from Myanmar, who claim the government has been doing little to help and, in some cases, just turning the refugees back and refusing them entry.

According to Thai PBS World, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry says that Thailand is “deeply concerned”.

“We are committed to cooperating and engaging constructively with the international community, including through the UN and ASEAN, in order to find a peaceful solution for Myanmar and its people. We hope that this visit to the region by the Special Envoy can contribute towards possible solutions.”

AFP quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying that the junta in Myanmar has not yet given Burgener a “green light” to visit the country..

With the backing of the UN Security Council, Christine Schraner Burgener says she wants to visit detained civilian leaders, mostly from the NLD ruling party (before February 1, including the Myanmar President Wint Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCES: Thai PBS World | AFP

 

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    lolo

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    What a bunch of rats, they could have find a solution for her.

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    J West

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    UN had pushed Su Kyi to accept Bangladeshi Muslims….Myanmar fought back. Now UN wants to push neighboring countries to push for a Muslim state inside Myanmar? It won’t happen.

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    Michael

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    @ J West

    The UN wants to push? This is about some criminal generals killing innocent civilians.

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    Niko

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    They should put the lady waiting for 2 weeks instead of 1 besides the UN job is not to give pinons to internal affairs only disputes between stated but off course that´s not what happens

    The attacks of the Bangladeshis on the border really happened and they were very similar to what happens on the Malaysia/Thai border or even Syria.

    All of what this lady is doing is trying to destabilize the region. I don´t know the reasons for the military taking over the government but they are not as simple: “They lost election and got angry”

    They also lost election 5 years ago and didn´t do any of that so there must be more to this than meets the eye.

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    toby andrews

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    They lost an election on purpose previously because they had a tame, supposed, champion of freedom, which was rubbished with her none protection of the Rohingears. Shu Kyi, a liar and a cheat.
    She was a puppet of the dictators, but when she dared to object to them she was jailed in her own house.
    Not much hardship there and when they release her she will comply with these tyrants to be paid big money and again be a star!!

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    sam

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:42 am

    UN special envoys have been serving many restive regions in the world. However,none of them are actually successful in resolvings conflicts for decades.It is due to to the power brokers,who are not willing to comprise to bring peace.

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    Ian

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:24 am

    Un total shit useless

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    Comicus

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    To stop the conflict is quite simple actually but the West Think Tanks wanted to make use of un-armed civilians against the military. They knew that no military take over happened without any plans but still encouraged people to go out and get themselves killed because their own hidden agenda.
    .
    If the West Think Tanks were unable to predict that an outcome of encouraging un-armed people to win democracy back from the military is simply asking for “death”, they should stop calling themselves “Think Tank”.
    .
    The Myanmar military is not going to allow the West to tell them what to do. An era of the West’s oppression is indeed history. To be exact, the Thai military also can ignore the West as well. The West need to adjust to the current overall situation fast to delay the demise that already started for quite sometime.

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    Steven

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 11:51 am

    This army destroyed and still destroying the country since Nay win times, 70 years ago, bloodbaths, Atrocities, massacre,burned down towns and villages, etc. killed thousands of people, may be million. Millions of people flee from country, 2-3 millions Burmese people In Thailand alone. Burma was the richest country in south east Asia 70 years ago before military rulings.
    By all means, this is the time the new army is definitely in need urgently which can protect the Myanmar people,

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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