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05-Mar-2021 00:02:39
UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told Security Council members in a closed meeting that the people of Myanmar, “including committed civil servants, are the real heroes and protectors of the nation's democratic progress,” but warned “the hope that they placed in the United Nations and its membership is waning,” according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 05 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE- NEW YORK CITY

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05 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener spoke virtually at this morning Security Council's closed session on Myanmar. She told Council members that their unity is needed more than ever on Myanmar. The Envoy said that the people of Myanmar, including committed civil servants, are the real heroes and protectors of the nation's democratic progress. But, she warned, the hope that they placed in the United Nations and its membership is waning. The Envoy stressed that we must be robust and timely in pushing for a stop to the violence and a restoration Myanmar's democratic institutions. We must denounce the actions by the military, which continue to severely undermine the principles of the United Nations and ignore our clear signals to uphold those principles. The UN Envoy noted that since her briefing to the General Assembly a week ago, the military brutally unleashed its worst crackdown yet since the February 1st coup, killing a total of around 50 innocent and peaceful protesters and while seriously injuring scores more. It is critical that this Council is resolute and coherent in putting the security forces on notice and standing with the people of Myanmar firmly in support of the clear November elections results, she added. There is an urgency for collective action. How much more can we allow the Myanmar military to get away with, Ms. Schraner Burgener told Council members. We must be clear, previous and current crimes will not go unpunished. Perpetrators of the past and ongoing serious violations of human rights will be held accountable through international mechanisms, she said.”
5. Wide shot, journalists in press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“We reiterate our calls on the Tatmadow to respect the rule of law, to release all of those arbitrarily detained, lift the state of emergency, and all restrictions on rights and freedoms with immediate effect. The United Kingdom supports the role of regional organizations, in particular ASEAN, in resolving the crisis. We'll continue to monitor closely the situation in Myanmar and consider further action through the Security Council in the coming days.”

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UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told Security Council members in a closed meeting that the people of Myanmar, “including committed civil servants, are the real heroes and protectors of the nation's democratic progress,” but warned “the hope that they placed in the United Nations and its membership is waning,” according to a spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Mar), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said Schraner Burgener told Council members that their “unity is needed more than ever on Myanmar.” The Envoy stressed that the international community must be “robust and timely in pushing for a stop to the violence and a restoration Myanmar's democratic institutions.” She added, “We must denounce the actions by the military, which continue to severely undermine the principles of the United Nations and ignore our clear signals to uphold those principle,” according to Dujarric.

The UN Envoy noted that since her briefing to the General Assembly a week ago, the military brutally unleashed its worst crackdown yet since the February 1st coup, killing a total of around 50 innocent and peaceful protesters and while seriously injuring scores more.

Schraner Burgener said it was critical for the Security Council to be “resolute and coherent in putting the security forces on notice and standing with the people of Myanmar firmly in support of the clear November elections results,” Dujarric reported.
“There is an urgency for collective action. How much more can we allow the Myanmar military to get away with,” Schraner Burgener told Council members. Dujarric added, “We must be clear, previous and current crimes will not go unpunished. Perpetrators of the past and ongoing serious violations of human rights will be held accountable through international mechanisms, she said.”

Following the closed consultations, British ambassador Barbara Woodward said her country had requested the meeting following further deterioration in Myanmar. She said, addition to the violence being carried out by the military, the country’s economy was deteriorating and up to one million people face a humanitarian crisis.

Woodward said the United Kingdom condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters, calls for the immediate cessation of violence and for those responsible to be held account. She told reporters that the UK had recently sanctioned nine military officers, including the Commander-in-Chief, for their role in the coup. She said the UK conducted reviews of aid and trade to Myanmar, and would be exploring further national sanctions. The ambassador added that her national stands ready to consider possible measures under the UN Charter should the situation deteriorate further.

Woodward said, “We reiterate our calls on the Tatmadow to respect the rule of law, to release all of those arbitrarily detained, lift the state of emergency, and all restrictions on rights and freedoms with immediate effect. The United Kingdom supports the role of regional organizations, in particular ASEAN, in resolving the crisis. We'll continue to monitor closely the situation in Myanmar and consider further action through the Security Council in the coming days.”

The British ambassador said her mission was in discussions with Council members on a possible product of the Security Council. She said the UK thinks it is important that the Council is able to speak with one voice to call for an end to violence, the release of those arbitrarily detained and a return to democracy.
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