Eastern Times, New Delhi : Finally. India has condemned the violence in Myanmar and condoled the loss of life, as it urged maximum restraint and called for the release of detained leaders.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted that in his remarks in the closed meeting, he “made these points: Condemn violence, Condole loss of lives, Urge maximum restraint, Our steadfast commitment to democratic transition, Release of detained leaders and welcome @ASEAN efforts.” The UN Security Council held closed consultations on the situation in Myanmar on Wednesday.
Tirumurti added that during the meeting he emphasised for the “Situation to be resolved peacefully, Need greater engagement, Meet the hopes and aspirations of the people and extend assistance to Rakhine state development programme.”
The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener also briefed the Council’s closed consultations. In her remarks, obtained by a news agency, Burgener warned that a “bloodbath is imminent” in the country and added that more than 520 people have been killed since the early February coup attempt.
“The urgency for a solution to this crisis could not be clearer,” she said. Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned in the “strongest terms” the killing of dozens of civilians, including children and young people, by security forces in Myanmar.
He said, “The continuing military crackdown, which today resulted in the highest daily death toll since demonstrations against the coup began last month, is unacceptable and demands a firm, unified and resolute international response. It is critical to find an urgent solution to this crisis.”
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UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Alice Wairimu Nderitu and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet had said in a statement that the “shameful, cowardly, brutal” actions of the military and police “who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children”, “must be halted immediately. The international community has a responsibility to protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes.”
Myanmar’s military toppled the country’s government on February 1 and seized power for one year, detaining top political figures, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint. The coup sparked protests and other acts of civil disobedience, leading to the deaths of hundreds including many children in military crackdown. Since the Myanmar military seized power on February 1, thousands of people have been arbitrarily arrested and many subjected to enforced disappearance, the UN said.