In a rare statement to which all 15 members agreed, the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s army to exercise ‘extreme self-control’.
The United Nations Security Council has expressed deep concern over the escalating violence in Myanmar, calling for an immediate end to hostilities and for the military to exercise “extreme self-control”.
The rare statement, issued Wednesday, was approved by all 15 members.
It came amid reports of a build-up of heavy weapons and troops in western Chin State, which proposes a looming military attack to flush out militant groups formed after Army Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in a coup on February 1.
“The members of the Security Council have expressed deep concern about further recent violence in Myanmar. “They called for an immediate cessation of violence and for the safety of civilians,” the statement said.
Myanmar’s military has not commented on the situation in Chin, a volatile border region that has become at the forefront of resistance to military rule.
The Southeast Asian country has been paralyzed by protests and violence since the coup, with the army struggling to govern and facing armed resistance from civilian and ethnic minority rebels linked to a shadow government calling it “terrorists”.
“The members of the Security Council reiterated their deep concern at developments in Myanmar following the declaration of a state of emergency on 1 February and their call on the military to exercise extreme self-control,” the statement said in a statement. .
“They encouraged the pursuit of dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar,” the statement said.
The council also called for full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need and the protection, safety and security of humanitarian and medical personnel.