The UN ambassador to Myanmar on Wednesday urged the Security Council to warn against the growing crisis and the threat of civil war in the Southeast Asian country and warnings of an impending “bloodshed” amid a violent crackdown on anti-coup protests. Hundreds left dead.
Christine told a closed session of the 15-member Council of Refugee Affairs that the generals who seized power on February 1 were not capable of managing the country, and told reporters that the situation on the ground would worsen.
“Consider the capabilities of the people of Myanmar to take concerted action and do the right thing, and consider all available tools to prevent a multi-dimensional catastrophe in Central Asia,” he said.
“The bloodshed is imminent,” Shrener Bergner insisted, adding that the council must consider “potentially significant steps” to reverse these events.
The army arrested Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 and killed at least 5,553 civilians in protests since taking power, according to the Political Prisoners Assistance Organization (APP), an advocacy group seeking military detention and death. On Saturday, about 141 people were killed The bloodiest day of unrest yet.
The military has also stepped up its activities in ethnic minority areas along the country’s borders, where it has been fighting armed groups for decades. On Saturday, it carried out the first air strike in the state of East Karen in 20 years Thousands have fled across the border into Thailand.
In response to the escalating violence, the UK requested a meeting of the Security Council.
“These violent actions by the military are completely unacceptable and require a strong message from the international community,” said Barbara Woodward, the UK’s ambassador to the United Nations, at a virtual press briefing at the end of the council session.
He added that the Security Council should “take part” in the international response.
US Ambassador to the United States Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted that the United States has already imposed Targeted prohibitions, Expanded Temporary protection Increasing support for the people and civil society of Myanmar in the United States.
The United States will do more, he promised in multiple posts on Twitter, urging others to follow suit.
“We need our allies and regional partners to do more,” he said. “We need extra pressure to stop the violence and to respect the will of the people, especially from Burma’s neighbors. The time has also come for economic partners, including giving army generals and their families the opportunity to take a hard look at these relations. “
The council has so far issued two statements condemning the violence against protesters, but Drop language Condemning the military coup as a coup and potentially threatening further action in the face of opposition from China, Russia, India and Vietnam.
China’s ambassador to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, told the session that China was working with “all parties” in Myanmar to reduce tensions, but denied sanctions.
“Unilateral pressure and calls for sanctions or other drastic measures will only increase tensions and conflicts and complicate the situation, which is by no means constructive,” he said, according to a statement from the UN mission.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s legal team said early Wednesday that the incumbent leader appeared to be in good health despite two months in detention after the session.
Osed, a 5-year-old woman, was not seen in public after her dismissal, but her legal team member Min Min Soke was summoned to a police station in the capital, Naypyidaw, for a video meeting.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who returned to the National League for Democracy in the November election, is facing a number of criminal charges and could be fired for life because of her conviction.
The generals claimed the election was fraudulent, and used the accusation to justify their coup. The Election Commission found no evidence of injustice.
A group of NLD lawmakers working against the generals said they would form a “new civilian government” in the first week of April without elaborating.
The death toll has risen among Myanmar’s 20 or more armed ethnic groups, which control large areas of the region.
On Wednesday, three of them – the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar Nationalist Democratic Alliance Army and the Arakan Army – I was ready to join the fight of the protesters.
TNLA Brigadier General Tara Von Q told the AFP news agency that all three groups would end the ceasefire through their armies.
“If they continue to kill people, we have no reason to call a unilateral ceasefire with them,” he said.
Two other groups, the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), have already attacked the army and police in recent days.