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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

China and Russia oppose UN Security Council resolution on Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

New York, N.Y. 15 January (Asiantribune.com): Draft resolution jointly sponsored by the United States and United Kingdom to the United Nations Security Council calling Myanmar (formally known as Burma) to release all political prisoners including the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for 10 years, and to allow the National League for Democracy and other political parties to operate freely was opposed by China and Russia using their veto power.

The resolution received nine votes in favor and opposed by China, Russia and South Africa. Those in favor were Belgium, France, Ghana, Italy, Panama, Peru, Slovakia, the UK and the US. Indonesia, Qatar and Republic of Congo abstained.

The Chinese ambassador thought the problems in Burma were largely internal affairs of a sovereign state and the government and other groups should be allowed to continue their efforts towards reconciliation.

Russian ambassador said that other UN agencies like the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and humanitarian agencies such as the World Health Organization should be allowed to handle the issue.

After the vote, US acting ambassador to UN Alejandro Wolff said the military regime “arbitrarily arrests, tortures, rapes and executes its own people, wages war on minorities within its own borders, and builds itself new cities, while looking other way as refugee flows increase, narcotics and human trafficking grow, and communicable diseases remain untreated.”

The U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell releasing a statement said, “I am heartened that, for the first time, the United Nations Security Council has taken up and considered a resolution supporting national reconciliation in Burma. The measure was supported by a majority of the Council. It is unfortunate that China, Russia and South Africa voted against the resolution. Those countries have mistakenly concluded that the threat posed by Burma to the region and its neighbors does not merit action by the Security Council.”

The resolution also demanded an end to human rights violation against the members of ethnic minorities, “including widespread rape and other forms of sexual violence carried out by members of the armed forces.”

- Asian Tribune -

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