UN / MYANMAR SPECIAL ENVOY

18-Jun-2021 00:02:22
UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener urged the Security Council to “speak in unity” as half the population is expected to live under the poverty line by next year in the situation continues. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MYANMAR SPECIAL ENVOY
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Special Envoy at stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, United Nations:
“We expect, if the situation continues like that, that we have next year around half the population will live under the poverty line. So, I urged the Council to speak in unity, especially against violence, and also that the political prisoners will be released as quickly as possible.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, journalist taking notes

18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, United Nations:
“I think it is important everybody is aware of situation on ground. Clearly, they have not all shared the position [on] what they should do together, but my role is always to urge them to show action and to be united. We will see this afternoon in the GA how it works for all member states. But it is clear that the Security Council has not always a united voice.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

6. Close up, journalist taking notes

18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, United Nations:
“Although I am not present in Myanmar, I still have the contacts. And clearly, I can imagine that he would not like to see me now in Myanmar because the people know me from the last three years, and they would probably be very encouraged by my presence. So, I think this is not in the interest of the army, but as long as I can have contact with them, that is the most important thing. And I will soon also contact them again to bring them also in a dialogue.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

8. Close up, journalist taking notes

18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Christine Schraner Burgener, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, United Nations:
“It depends also what the NUG says on this. But the last position was it would be good anyway that I would go, and then ask in Myanmar to see them. And I will continue to do this.”
10. Zoom out, Burgener leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener urged the Security Council to “speak in unity” as half the population is expected to live under the poverty line by next year in the situation continues.

Speaking to reporters today (18 Jun) after her briefing to the Council behind closed doors, Schraner Burgener said the situation in Myanmar is alarming as the health system collapsed completely and food security is in danger. She said some 600 people have been killed, 6,000 have arrested - 5,000 of whom are still in detention, 100 have disappeared, 175,000 have been newly displaced, and 10,000 people fled as refugees to India and Thailand.

She asked the Security Council for timely support and action, adding that she continues to ask the military to return to Myanmar, but contacts continue through video conferences.

Asked about the division among Council members on the situation in Myanmar, the Special Envoy said, “I think it is important everybody is aware of situation on ground. Clearly, they have not all shared the position [on] what they should do together, but my role is always to urge them to show action and to be united. We will see this afternoon in the GA (General Assembly) how it works for all member states. But it is clear that the Security Council has not always a united voice.”

Schraner Burgener said the violations in Myanmar are growing and violence is breaking out in parts of the country that had not previously experience this. She called of an all-inclusive dialogue that would include the ethnic armed organizations.

The Special Envoy said she had an open discussion about returning to the country with the Commander in Chief of the Myanmar military in Jakarta a few weeks ago and hoped those discussions would continue. She said, “Although I am not present in Myanmar, I still have the contacts. And clearly, I can imagine that he would not like to see me now in Myanmar because the people know me from the last three years, and they would probably be very encouraged by my presence. So, I think this is not in the interest of the army, but as long as I can have contact with them, that is the most important thing. And I will soon also contact them again to bring them also in a dialogue.”

Asked if she would visit the country if she was not allowed to see Aung San Suu Kyi, Schraner Burgener said she was in very close contact with the National Unity Government and continued to call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the president and the vice president. She added, “It depends also what the NUG says on this. But the last position was it would be good anyway that I would go, and then ask in Myanmar to see them. And I will continue to do this.”
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