The United Nations envoy to Myanmar is planning a diplomatic trip to Asia to find a way out of the crisis triggered by the coup in that country, but he will not be able to meet with the military council, which opposed his visit on Friday (9).
Christine Schranner Burgner’s trip comes in the context of growing concern in the international community about the situation in Myanmar, which has seen daily demonstrations since the February 1 military coup that toppled the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Friday’s repression exceeded 600 people, a situation that prompted Burma’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Mo Tun, to demand more international sanctions and measures, such as a no-fly zone in his country.
The Swiss diplomat began her journey through Thailand, although she also visited China. But she will not be received in Myanmar, where she has requested a trip of more than two months to meet with the army.
“We do not allow it.” Council spokesman Zhao Min Tun told AFP on Friday, “We have no intention to allow this now.” Burgner confirmed that the council rejected the hearing.
“I am sorry that the Tatmadaw answered me yesterday that she is not ready to receive me,” she wrote on Twitter, quoting the Burmese military authority.
“I am ready to speak. Violence never leads to durable solutions,” she said, noting that she had arrived in Bangkok.
At least 614 civilians have been killed since February 1 by security forces in the crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Myanmar, according to the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners.
But the balance could be much worse: more than 2,800 people have been arrested, many of them unknown.
On Friday morning, blood began to shed again. According to rescuers, at least four people were killed when the same security forces launched against checkpoints to protest the military regime in Paju City (also called Pegu), about 65 kilometers northeast of Yangon.
The repression is not limited to the interior of the country. The Burmese ambassador to London who supported the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, was sacked, a decision the United Kingdom condemned on Thursday but had to accept.
London indicated that it would provide protection to Kiao Maine visitors, whose “courage” was acknowledged by the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Nigel Adams, with whom he met.
The United States has announced sanctions against a state-owned gem-making company in Burma to deprive the junta of substantial revenue.
– ‘Urgent action’ –
At the initiative of the United Kingdom, the United Nations Security Council held an informal meeting on Friday, during which the Burmese ambassador, Kyaw Mo Tun, rebelled against the junta and called for a no-fly zone and an arms embargo. And other sanctions to impose the restoration of democracy.
“Now there is a need for urgent and more active action on your part,” the ambassador told the Security Council, calling for a “no-fly zone” “to prevent further bloodshed caused by military air strikes on civilian areas.”
It also called on the United States to take urgent measures to put pressure on the military council.
“Will the council discuss the language in another statement or will we act to save the lives of the Burmese people?” Asked Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations.
The meeting was attended by Daw Zain Mar Aung, an elected civilian member of the Burmese Parliament, and university student Sai Sam Kham.
Dao Zen Mar Aung will speak on behalf of the CRPH Resistance Group, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Representation Committee, the Burmese legislature.
CRPH ensures that it has already collected around 270,000 items that demonstrate “widespread” human rights violations.
This week began discussions with the United Nations investigators. The Council considers that it responds proportionally to the demonstrations.
During a press conference on Friday in the capital, Naypidu, members of the security forces displayed weapons they said they had seized from protesters.
A council spokesman accused health workers of “killing people in cold blood” by refusing to work.
In the context of the pro-democracy mobilization, tens of thousands of workers have been struck and entire sectors of the economy crippled.
When he took power, the military council imposed a state of emergency for a year.
Spokesman Zhao Min Tun told CNN that the measure could be extended for another twelve months, while ensuring that elections take place.
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