Some 10,000 refugees fled Myanmar to India and Thailand (UN special envoy)

About 10,000 refugees have fled Myanmar to India and Thailand as nationwide clashes in the country have resulted in further “acute” displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, said the Secretary’s special envoy. UN General for Myanmar, warning that the regional threat of the crisis is real.

In my daily contacts with stakeholders in Myanmar, I hear firsthand accounts of the dire situation. People suffer from hardship, have no hope and live in fear, Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ special envoy for Myanmar, told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.

In the absence of international action, civilians form the people’s defense forces, she said. They use homemade weapons and receive military training from ethnic armed organizations in their resistance based on democratic solidarity. Multiple regions of the country that have not experienced armed clashes for decades are becoming areas of significant unrest.

Nationwide clashes, including in central Myanmar and in border areas with China, India and Thailand, have resulted in further acute displacements of an estimated 175,000 civilians, and some 10,000 refugees. fled to India and Thailand. The regional threat of the crisis is real, she said, adding that we must continue to call for maximum restraint and condemn all forms of violence. The risk of a full-scale civil war is real.

Burgener stressed that as the region faces a multidimensional crisis in the heart of Asia, our timely support and action is paramount.

She also stressed that the international community must not forget the Rohingya people as the situation of the Rohingya remains dire and that the General Assembly must continue to be seized of the issue as part of its engagement in Myanmar.

Highlighting the lingering challenges, the Rohingya continue to undertake risky journeys across the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, Burgener said.

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted the draft resolution The Situation in Myanmar with 119 member states, including Myanmar, voting in favor.

Belarus was the only country to vote against the resolution, while 36 countries abstained. Countries that abstained from voting include Myanmar’s neighbors – India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Laos, Nepal and Thailand. Russia also abstained.

India abstained on the General Assembly resolution, saying its views were not reflected in the draft, which did not receive support even from neighboring countries of Myanmar and New Delhi does not think that the hastily tabled resolution be such as “to contribute to our joint efforts to strengthen the democratic process in Myanmar.”

In explaining the vote in the General Assembly Hall, the Permanent Representative of India to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, said that as Myanmar’s immediate neighbor and close friend of its People, India is aware of the grave consequences of political instability and of the potential for its fallout beyond Myanmar’s borders. India called for greater engagement to resolve all issues peacefully.

We already have such an initiative under the auspices of ASEAN. It is important that we support the efforts of ASEAN. During the discussions on this resolution, we engaged in a spirit of finding a constructive and pragmatic way forward and therefore shared our suggestions with those who piloted this resolution, Tirumurti said.

However, we note that our views have not been reflected in the draft which is currently being considered for adoption. We would like to reiterate that a consultative and constructive approach involving neighboring countries and the region remains important as the international community strives to resolve the issue peacefully, he said.

Tirumurti had stressed that the lack of support from all neighboring countries as well as from several countries in the region itself should hopefully open the eyes of those who have chosen to follow a hasty course.

Therefore, we do not believe that tabling this resolution for adoption at this stage helps to support our joint efforts to strengthen the democratic process in Myanmar. We are therefore forced to abstain, he said.

The resolution expressed deep concern over the February 1 coup and called on the Burmese military junta to immediately and unconditionally release President Win Myint, State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and other government officials, politicians and others. people arbitrarily detained or arrested.

He also called on all member states to prevent the influx of arms into Myanmar.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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