Diplomats say discussions will continue with China and Russia for ‘more time’
The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a joint statement condemning the Monday coup in Myanmar, in a two-hour emergency meeting to thwart the support of China, a key ally of Myanmar and a veto-sustainable permanent member of the council after.
The meeting, which was virtually held, was followed by the military detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other top politicians in a series of early morning raids on Monday, after which the chief of the armed forces Min Aung Hling took power.
Diplomats said that a statement would continue to be discussed.
The 15-member council was considering a UK draft-statement that the UN envoy on Myanmar asked diplomats to “collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy” in the country.
According to Christine Schreiner Bergner in her prepared remarks, the council has strongly condemned the recent steps taken by the military and urged all of you to send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar.
The military has said its coup was constitutional and promised to hold fresh elections, claiming last November’s election was fake without proof. The state of emergency will remain in force for one year.
“Let us be clear, the recent election results were a resounding victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD),” Schraner Burgenershe said. “The military proposal to hold re-election should be discouraged.”
The Security Council is negotiating a possible statement, drafted by Britain, that would not only condemn the coup, but also respect the law and human rights regime from the military and those detained illegally Will also ask for immediate release. Such statements would need to be reached by consensus.
“China and Russia have asked for more time,” a diplomat told AFP news agency after a back-door video conference meeting that lasted just two hours.
“A statement is still under discussion,” also confirmed another diplomat on condition of anonymity.
The text, prepared by Britain, will also demand that the state of emergency be repealed and that “democratic norms are followed for all parties.” According to AFP, there was no mention of sanctions.
Human rights groups condemned the council’s failure to take swift action.
“No one should be surprised that the world’s body failed to issue a statement condemning a military military coup to maintain international peace and security,” Global Justice Center chairperson Akila Radhakrishnan said in a statement. Economic division to ban, destroy weapons and “neutralize” the military.
“Time has passed for strategies failing to promote ‘stability’ and quiet diplomacy on accountability and justice,” she said. “The army has made the country irreparable. It is now up to the international community to put a stop to military violence and defilement.
The security council meeting was reported to be in “good health” as Aung San Suu Kyi. His whereabouts and condition are unknown, although he is being held in the remote capital of the country, Napidaw, where he has a home.
Although it has clearly supported the protest, people have been reluctant to take to the streets, seeing the military’s reputation for cruelty and previous actions in peaceful rallies.
Instead, a campaign of civil disobedience with staff from 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 cities of Myanmar began on Wednesday and stopped working in protest against the coup.
A 29-year-old doctor from Yangon told the news agency Reuters, “I want the soldiers to go back to their dorms and that’s why we doctors are not going to hospitals.”
He said, ‘I have no time limit as to how long I will continue this strike. it depends on the situation.”
On Tuesday night people in Yangon picked up utensils and pans to blast their hatred at the electric poles.
Strengthening its hold on power, the military unveiled a new governing council consisting of Min Aung Helling and eight generals. The council echoes the same councils that ruled Myanmar during the decades of military dictatorship since 1962.
The statement of the Security Council requires the support of China, Myanmar’s main supporter and a permanent member of the Security Council at the United Nations. China has not condemned the coup, while state media have characterized Monday’s events as a “cabinet reshuffle”.
China, with Russia’s support, rescued Myanmar from any significant council action following a brutal military crackdown in the Rakhine state, resulting in over 740,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing into Bangladesh, where they live. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Western states accused Myanmar’s military of ethnic cleansing, which he denied.
The country is currently being investigated for genocide in the International Court of Justice of the Rohingya in a case brought by The Gambia.
A diplomat with China’s UN mission said after a council meeting on Tuesday that they were “surprised” that journalists had already seen the draft details, saying it “made the consensus process even more difficult” Will give.
The diplomat said, “Our view is that any action of the Council could contribute to Myanmar’s political and social stability and its peace and harmony, should avoid escalating tensions or further complicating the situation.”
Russia is seeking instructions from Moscow on a draft statement of the UN mission, with UN Ambassador Dmitry Paulanski saying that Myanmar’s situation was “complex and unstable.”
The United Nations also feared on Monday that the coup would lead to the plight of about 600,000 Rohingya who still live in the country.
“At this time, we must ensure the safety and fundamental rights of the people of Myanmar. We must do everything to stop the violence, ”said Schranger Bergner.