Security Council appeals for end to violence in Myanmar


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Security Council appeals for end to violence in Myanmar

The UN Security Council has called for an immediate cessation of violence across Myanmar, and efforts to ensure the safety of civilians, following reports of more clashes between the armed forces and militant groups. 

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, the Council expressed deep concern over the violence, noting that “recent developments pose particular serious challenges for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons.” 

The UN continues to monitor developments in Myanmar, where the army seized power in February.  Subsequent pro-democracy protests were met with brutal crackdowns. 

Ensure COVID-19 vaccine delivery 

This week, international media reported that the army has begun to amass heavy weapons and troops in Chin state, located in the northwest of the country, suggesting an imminent attack against militia groups which have surfaced since the coup. 

Security Council members also underlined the importance of steps to improve the health and humanitarian situation in Myanmar, including the need to facilitate unhindered delivery and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Read More.