UNSC sanctions on Myanmar unlikely

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, February 3

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on Myanmar but was unable to agree on a statement about the military coup that has imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi.

Britain had drafted a text calling on Myanmar to immediately release all those unlawfully detained and for repealing one year emergency period. Though there was no mention of sanctions, discussions are still continuing on issuing a statement.

US President Joe Biden on Monday had threatened to impose sanctions on Myanmar while calling on world leaders to collectively pressurise the generals in Myanmar to relinquish power. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, both with a history of engagement with Myanmar, called for a comprehensive global arms embargo.

China has frequently backed Myanmar, the last time in 2017 when it blocked moves to convene the UNSC on the Rohingya crisis and issue a statement.

Swiss diplomat Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN envoy to Myanmar, briefed the UNSC and urged its members to “collectively send a clear signal in support of democracy in Myanmar,’’ said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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