After military coup, Myanmar rejects UN resolution on arms embargo

After military coup, Myanmar rejects UN resolution on arms embargo

”Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected a UN General Assembly resolution calling for an arms embargo against the Southeast Asian country and condemning the military's February seizure of power.

Myanmar described the resolution, which passed Friday and isn't legally binding, as being “based on one-sided sweeping allegations and false assumptions.” The statement issued within the capital Naypyitaw said the Foreign Ministry had sent letters of objection to the UN secretary-general and therefore the General Assembly's president.

The resolution reflected a broad international consensus condemning the takeover that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. It called on the junta to revive the country’s democratic transition, condemned its “excessive and lethal violence” since the takeover and called on all countries “to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar.”

The resolution also called on Myanmar's soldiers to right away and unconditionally release Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other officials and politicians detained after the coup, also as “all those that are arbitrarily detained, charged or arrested”.

The measure was approved with 119 countries voting “yes,” Belarus — a serious arms supplier to Myanmar — voting “no” and 36 countries abstaining, including Myanmar’s neighbors China and India, along side Russia.

Myanmar’s UN Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who in February denounced the military takeover, voted “yes” and urged the international community “to take the strongest possibility to right away end the military coup.”

The Foreign Ministry statement said it considers Kyaw Moe Tun as having been dismissed from his position and noted that he has been charged with treason in Myanmar.

“Accordingly, his statement, participation and action within the meeting are illegitimate and unacceptable and Myanmar strongly rejects his participation and statements,” it said.

“While Myanmar embraces constructive advice by the international community in addressing the challenges that Myanmar is facing, any attempt infringing on the state sovereignty and interference within the internal affairs of Myanmar won't be accepted,” said the statement.

The more powerful UN Security Council , whose resolutions are legally binding, has adopted several statements on Myanmar, including condemning the utilization of violence against peaceful protesters, calling on the military to revive the democratic transition and “exercise utmost restraint” and “on all sides to refrain from violence.”

But it's never been ready to condemn the coup or authorize an arms embargo or other sanctions due to an almost-certain veto by China, and possibly Russia.


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