New York City, 12 November 2021 (TDI): The UN Security Council appealed for an immediate cessation of violence across Myanmar. Moreover, it called for efforts to ensure the safety of civilians.
The UN Security Council meeting took place on 11 November. The objective of the meeting was due to the reports of more clashes between the armed forces and militant groups. The council expressed deep concern over violence in Myanmar.
Situation in Myanmar
The army seized power in February. Subsequent pro-democracy protests were met with brutal crackdowns. The UN continues to monitor developments in Myanmar. Several international media reported that the army has begun to amass heavy weapons. In chin state, located in the northwest of the country army is massing heavy troops. There is a tangible threat of an attack against militia groups that have surfaced since the coup.
COVID-19 vaccine delivery
UNSC members also underlined the importance of steps to improve health and also the humanitarian situation in Myanmar. Moreover, they stressed the need to facilitate unhindered delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
ASEAN bloc is facilitating a peaceful solution. The UNSC has reiterated their full support for the “positive and constructive role” played by ASEAN.
The humanitarian situation in Myanmar is deteriorating. The UN relief chief, Martin Griffiths said in a statement earlier this week that violence in Myanmar is exacerbating humanitarian catastrophe.
The Rising conflict and insecurity, along with the pandemic and a failing economy, have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, the violence since the military takeover has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Griffiths then stated that the situation in the northwest has become extremely concerning in recent weeks.
There is an escalation in hostilities between the armed forces and the Chinland defense Force in Chin state. Along with the People’s Defence Forces in Magway and Sagaing regions.
Although humanitarians are assisting people across the country. However, they remain hampered by a lack of access and funding. Martin Griffiths made a call to the international community to fully support a $385 million humanitarian plan for Myanmar. This plan so far is less than half funded.