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UN Security Council issues watered-down Myanmar statement



PHOTO: UN Security Counciil meeting via Flickr - UN Women

The UN Security Council has issued 4 statements regarding the military coup in Myanmar and the resulting humanitarian crisis, including a new one yesterday. The statements call for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar, but the wording was reportedly heavily watered down in order to achieve approval from Russia and China.

The UK drew up the original Security Council declaration, but it was rejected without modification. The original draft reportedly gave full support for ASEAN to play a pivotal role in the resolution and pushed for an on-the-ground inspection within the Burmese borders. It also reiterated strong condemnation of any violence against peaceful civilian protesters and called on the military to practice restraint and cease violence.

China and Russia responded with their own declaration that was rejected by the majority of the UN security council.

After the ASEAN summit in Indonesia last week, where Southeast Asian leaders agreed to create an envoy to work with the Burmese military and reach a resolution, the follow-up UN Security Council meeting was called by Vietnam.

During the ASEAN summit, the UN Special Envoy to Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener had a private side meeting with Burmese junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing, and she gave a briefing on that long meeting to the Security Council.

Based in Bangkok, she is currently moving around Southeast Asia but has been unable as yet to get into Myanmar for first-person inspections, with the military denying her entry. Brunei made a proposal that the UN envoy travel together with the as-yet unappointed ASEAN envoy on a mission to Myanmar in the near future.

Meanwhile, the crisis in Myanmar rages on. The Burmese military and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners offered contradictory figures and perspective on the civilian uprising and military crackdown. The military junta referred to rioters that took part in acts of terrorism and placed the figure at 258 people killed. AAPP calculated a much more widely accepted death toll estimate at 760 dead Burmese civilians, portrayed as mostly peaceful protestors and civilians.

SOURCE: The Australian | Reuters


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  1. Dynamo Dave

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    In the unlikely event of General Plaing learning of these UN Security Council statements – since that’s all they are, just well-intentioned statements – I can only see him shrugging his shoulders and thinking or saying something like, ‘Well, if that’s what they think, that’s their business. I know what I’m busy with . . . and it’s not just talking – I’ve got my air-force to brief before their evening raids.’
    Come on UNSC . . . get something REAL happening for Christ’s sake.

  2. Slugger

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    So, one is on the ground and says 258 casualties, and the other one is,errrr, nowhere to be found and says 760. Riiiiggghhht.

  3. luca

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    what happens in Burma is a direct coup from China, it is a warning to all neighboring countries, if you don’t obey the Chinese they will destroy your country

  4. Stardust

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:14 pm

    China,Russia and Juntas are the biggest threat in the world. It is time the un security council kick them out because they brin the international comunity and UN into absurd situation. Give the Nato member states a mandate and send UN troops their. Russia already brought Syria into a civil war and cannot trusted international anymore same with China, they showed their real faces many times and ate criminal states without any respect to human rights, other countries or international laws.

  5. Toby Andrews

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    The UN, a toothless organisation because if they decide to send troops to restore peace in Burma, Russia and China, and a few more will veto the decision.
    Meanwhile the top people in the UN earn $80.000 a year, which is officially tax free, and no doubt with all all expenses paid.
    Disband the UN. Their latest platitudes, bleating, and tut tuting about the situation in Burma is all they can do, and completely ineffective.

  6. sam

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    It is impossible to democratise all countries in the world,as socialism,communism and other authorative governance like militarization.In fact many democratic countries are cleverly disguised and others with polticians constantly bickering,causing stalements with re-elections ever so common.Countries with diverse political systems should negotiate to live peacefully,instead poking into the internal affairs of other countries and worst of all forcing countries to democratise or face counter-productive unilateral sanctions.

  7. ynwaps

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    All because of fragile men getting insecure about their penis size.

  8. TC

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:30 am

    Further confirmation of what a pathetic waste of time and money the UN has become. No surprise a completely socialist organization would be totally ineffective in restoring democracy to a country and preventing an illegal Military Junta murdering citizens.
    Time to disband this organization and start again. Once again Trump was spot on to stop funding a corrupt organization.

  9. Adrian

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:54 am

    @TC -Well said! The UN people just talk and talk!

  10. .peter

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    This is the Reason why the UN stands for UNITED NOTHINGS. The world body is as useless as the NY based Human Rights Watch. Myanmar has been squezed between the Muslim / Buddhist, Eastern/Western World Interests. The “Lady” didn’t exactly help to resolve the problem eventhough she’s the only beacon of hope for many Burmese… unfortunately. The current crisis in Myanmar poses some positive possibilities , too. If Myanmar was to follow the Cambodian way and thereby keep wester and eastern Interests at bay and thereby keep a certain level of independence it could come out stronger. Inciting hatred and violence doesn’t work and will only result in more dead people

  11. peter

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    @luca – I beg to differ. Your asessment is too easy. Chinese Factorie’s closed and business of chinese investors shuttered after the coup. Of course China has influence over Myanmar but so has Thailand and there are the wannabe’s US and Britain and India… you name it. So it’s more complicated than meets the eye.

  12. TC

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    @Slugger –
    Are u suggesting the one on the ground isn’t a lying sack of crap wanting to down play the murders they have committed????
    If yes you have taken a few too many to the head Slugger.

  13. TC

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    @sam – but Sam. They had a Democracy and elections and a legal Government. The arse hole military jerks just didn’t like the result.
    Infact all of us should be aware of how fragile freedom is. Compounded by the Army having all the guns. This is a perfect example of why the 5th Amendment is so important in the US. Good luck trying this in there with a well armed public.
    You also see the big push world wide by the left Governments in particular to disarm the population.
    I like Democracy thanks. But I would be having a go in Myanmar.

  14. Niko

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    @TC – 258 is pretty big number as far as i know and when you get to this level hiding numbers will not make much of a diference.

    The numbers put out by the other side on the other side are probably inflated on purpose to try to get some kind of foreign intervention

  15. TC

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:52 am

    @Niko – In just 4 years Pol Pot killed 2 million people. Do you think he was confessing to that number.
    Fact is these are murderers killing unarmed demonstrators.
    Two key points.
    1 death is too many when democracy has been stolen.
    The UN is an utter waste of time and money. As corrupt as the Military Junta itself.

  16. BJoe

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Let’s admit what most have known for a while, the UN is powerless to resolve armed conflict anywhere. Politics and the “veto” within the security council neutralize most of the political issues dividing the world. And for all the “bleeding” hearts out there, democracy is a highly overrated form of government, particularly in asia, the middle east, and africa. By the elimination of Saddam we have brought utter chaos to the middle east, pouring trillions of dollars in th o an effort that is currently unstable at best.

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