UN General Assembly Informal Meeting to hear a briefing by the Special Envoy on Myanmar

On 26 February 2021 the UN General Assembly held an informal meeting to hear a briefing by the Special Envoy on Myanmar. The briefing by the Special Envoy is pursuant to operative paragraph 21 (c) of General Assembly resolution A/RES/75/238. The Special Envoy highlighted her office had hoped to engage through dialogue with the Tatmadaw but her request to conduct a visit had been postponed by the military. Efforts should be directed with an understanding that it is not too late to reverse the coup of 1 February 2021 and pursue democratic rule and the rule of law in Myanmar. Protection of human rights and international law obligations should be followed by the Tatmadaw and ensure protection of minorities including the Rohingya in line with the International Court of Justice order.

Myanmar’s UN Envoy, Kyaw Moe Tun addressed the General Assembly and asked the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council and the international community that aspire to build a peaceful and civilized global society to use any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military and to provide safety and security for the people of Myanmar.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative United States Mission to the United Nations also noted that United States continues to strongly condemn the military coup in Myanmar. And we condemn the security forces’ brutal killing of unarmed people. She indicated that the United States will continue to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance, including to Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in Chin, Kachin, Rakhine, and Shan states.

A recording of the meeting is available here.

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