UN envoy to Myanmar Chiao Moon calls for “effective collective action”, including a complete arms embargo against the country.
Diplomats note that the UN General Assembly will vote on a non-binding resolution on Friday condemning member states that condemn the military regime in Myanmar.
The vote will take place on the same day as the Security Council holds informal talks on the situation in the country, where the military ousted elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and took power on February 1.
The draft General Assembly resolution, obtained by the AFP news agency, had been in preparation for weeks, following negotiations between members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members. which acts as a mediator of the crisis,
The two sides will meet on Friday to see the resolution passed by consensus, not by vote.
The position of China, Myanmar’s main ally, remains unknown. Any country can ask for a vote in which Beijing can abstain, diplomats say.
In mid-May, the first attempt to see a text on the voted Myanmar was stopped so that Western diplomats could negotiate with ASEAN member states to support the initiative as much as possible.
These initial efforts called for an “immediate cessation of the direct, indirect supply, sale or transfer of all weapons, ammunition and other military equipment to Myanmar.”
But the new text is certainly more vague, calling on “all member states to stop the flow of weapons to Myanmar.”
“Effective team events”
In a recent letter to the United Nations, Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations, Chiao Moi, called for “effective collective action” against the military amid deadly months of dissent that has left more than 860 dead. ,
Supported by Kyaw Moe Tun full arms embargo on Myanmar – Passively rejected the February 1 coup; rejected the military’s claims that he no longer represented Myanmar.
The UN still considers him the country’s legitimate envoy.
In principle, the Security Council is the most likely place to discuss the arms embargo, in which case such a measure would be mandatory, but China’s veto power makes that scenario unlikely.
Yes people, it’s US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “sitting at the table” with his Myanmar counterpart Mya Tun Oo at the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ meeting. pic.twitter.com/is54FeIwcb:
– Bill Hayton (@bill_hayton) June 16, 2021
The draft General Assembly resolution calls for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, the release of all detained civilian leaders, and calls for the military to “immediately end violence against peaceful demonstrators.”
It’s asking to do a Five-point plan The draft was drafted by ASEAN in April, including the appointment of an envoy from the group.
The text, sponsored by more than 50 countries, calls on the military to allow UN envoy to Myanmar Christine Schrener Burger to visit the country for a safe passage of humanitarian aid.
Even as diplomats continue to pressure Myanmar generals, ASEAN officials continue to meet with Myanmar-appointed military officials. Myanmar joined the 10-member organization in 1997, when the country was ruled by the military.
Mya Tun Oo, an official appointed by the Myanmar military government, attended a meeting of the group’s defense ministers on Wednesday. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also took part in the meeting.
Human rights groups և Myanmar opposition criticizes the international community for legitimizing the Myanmar coup by meeting with military officials.