Myanmar Military Will Not Talk To UN Envoy

Myanmar’s special envoy to the UN says the junta has not responded to her request for talks as it tries to consolidate its rule.
Christine Schraner Burgener told the media that on July 16 she spoke with Vice-Senior General Soe Win about Myanmar’s crisis.
The special envoy raised concerns over the persecution of civilians, freedom of speech, and the media, and called for the release of all political detainees.
I gave him some suggestions to decide on the dialogue idea, such as making a statement that lawsuits against health workers will be withdrawn. “I did not receive an answer to the dialogue, neither a positive nor a negative,” she said.
In order to keep the channel open, Burgener said the details of the conversation would remain confidential.
A Swiss diplomat said coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing “appears determined to consolidate his power with the latest caretaker government announcement, the legal annulment of last year’s election results, and the declaration that he will be prime minister.”.
Her view is that the National League for Democracy could be disbanded. The UN does not recognize governments, so member states are responsible.” She explains this is an attempt to promote legitimacy against the lack of international action.
Myanmar’s military junta and civilian National Unity Government (NUG) have both sought international legitimacy. Twenty-two Myanmar diplomats have publicly renounced the regime and joined the civil disobedience movement.
The US Department of Justice discovered a plot against U Kyaw Moe Tun on Aug. 6.
U Kyaw Moe Tun, Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN, will remain in that post unless UN member states decide otherwise.
Myanmar still has a strong nationalistic streak, but it is now demanding democratic institutions.
Burgener has held talks with the military, ethnic armed groups, and other groups, including NUG.
She has been promoting the idea of four “clusters” covering COVID-19, humanitarian assistance, issues related to the Rohingya community, and the causes of the crisis, including discussions about the federal system, the constitution, creating a federal army, and legal reform.

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