UN Assembly to vote on elections to condemn Myanmar’s military | War Stories
The UN special envoy to Myanmar, Kyaw Moe Tun, wants to ‘work together’ to include all arms in the country.
The UN General Assembly on Friday voted in favor of a non-partisan decision to suspend Myanmar’s military and call on member states to reduce “arms embargo” in a country rife with violence.
The vote will take place on the same day as the Security Council convenes an informal meeting on the situation in the country, when the military overthrew President Aung San Suu Kyi and took power on February 1.
The General Assembly’s proposal, presented by the AFP news agency, was convened a few weeks later, following discussions between Western nations and members of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), who acts as a mediator in crisis.
The two parties are set to meet on Friday to see an agreement approved by the agreement, not a vote, one ambassador told AFP on Thursday.
The status of China, Myanmar’s main ally, is unknown. Any country can ask for voting to take place, when Beijing can stop, ambassadors said.
In mid-May, the first attempt to see Myanmar’s vote vote was halted so that Western embassies could negotiate with ASEAN member states for greater support in the process.
The initial effort called for an “immediate suspension of the direct, indirect sale, or transfer of all weapons, ammunition, and other weapons into Myanmar”.
But the new statement is ambiguous, calling for “all member states to protect Myanmar’s weapons”.
In a separate letter to the United Nations, Myanmar’s envoy to the international community, Kyaw Moe Tun, called for “a comprehensive approach to military action”, within a three-month period of protests that left more than 860 people dead.
Kyaw Moe Tun – who helps total ban in Myanmar – has vehemently denied the February 1 ruling, and has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Myanmar’s military have been made more than once.
The United Nations still views it as a legitimate ambassador to the country.
Instead, the Security Council is the only place to think of avoiding weapons, and this can be confusing, but China’s veto power is making this impossible.
Yes folks, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ‘sitting at the table’ with Myanmar counterpart Mya Tun Oo at the ASEAN Defense Ministers Conference + pic.twitter.com/is54FeIwcb
– Bill Hayton (@bill_hayton) June 16, 2021
The General Assembly’s view calls for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar, the release of all incarcerated leaders and the need for the military to “always end the violence perpetrated by peaceful protesters”.
It also prays for the establishment of a five steps signed by ASEAN in April in addition to naming delegates from the forum.
The document, sponsored by more than 50 countries, also calls on the military to allow the UN envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, to visit the country and to provide humanitarian assistance.
While ambassadors continue to pressure Myanmar embassies, ASEAN officials continue to meet with Myanmar’s military officials. Myanmar joined 10 members in 1997 when the country came under martial law.
On Wednesday, a meeting of the group’s security ministers was held by Myanmar’s military commander, Mya Tun Oo. The meeting was also attended by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Myanmar’s civil rights groups and dissidents have repeatedly criticized foreign powers for embellishing Myanmar’s government by colluding with military officials.