UN / MYANMAR UPDATE

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In a statement read by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated his” deep concern” about the developments in Myanmar, adding that “the most recent reports of violence and killings by security forces are appalling.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Turning to Myanmar, I can tell you that the Secretary-General reiterates his deep concern about the developments in that country. The most recent reports of violence and killings by security forces are appalling. The Security Council has clearly called for a stop to the violence and invited the parties to pursue dialogue and reconciliation. The Secretary-General encourages all Member States to use their influence to impress on the parties the need to stop this escalation and to take steps that will facilitate the return to civilian rule. He emphasizes the key role that the region can and must play in advising the national actors to take steps towards the return of peace and stability in Myanmar.
The United Nations Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, is currently in the region, where she is meeting with key interlocutors in order to promote an effective international response based on a unified regional effort. She remains ready to visit Myanmar at the earliest opportunity.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“From Myanmar, our colleagues there said they are appalled by the violence since Friday in which some 93 protestors were reportedly killed, many of them in the city of Bago. The UN team in Myanmar says it is particularly concerned over reports of the use of heavy artillery against protestors. The UN Human Rights Office says that, as of today, credible reports show at least 707 people have been killed since the military seized control of the Government more than two months ago. It is believed this may be significantly higher. Since 1 February, thousands of people have been injured, many of them seriously.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

In a statement read by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General reiterated his” deep concern” about the developments in Myanmar, adding that “the most recent reports of violence and killings by security forces are appalling.”

During a news briefing today (12 Apr), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters, “the Security Council has clearly called for a stop to the violence and invited the parties to pursue dialogue and reconciliation, and the Secretary-General “encourages all Member States to use their influence to impress on the parties the need to stop this escalation and to take steps that will facilitate the return to civilian rule.”

Dujarric also said that the Secretary-General emphasized “the key role that the region can and must play in advising the national actors to take steps towards the return of peace and stability in Myanmar.”

The Spokesperson said that the United Nations Special Envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, is currently in the region, “where she is meeting with key interlocutors in order to promote an effective international response based on a unified regional effort. She remains ready to visit Myanmar at the earliest opportunity.”

Dujarric also told reporters that colleagues in Myanmar said “they are appalled by the violence since Friday in which some 93 protestors were reportedly killed, many of them in the city of Bago.” He added that the UN team in Myanmar "is particularly concerned over reports of the use of heavy artillery against protestors.“

According the UN Human Rights Office, “as of today, credible reports show at least 707 people have been killed since the military seized control of the Government more than two months ago. It is believed this may be significantly higher. Since 1 February, thousands of people have been injured, many of them seriously.”
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