UN aid chief says Myanmar is deteriorating; Security Council meets

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By Michelle Nichols

UNITEDNATIONS – United Nations Aid Chief Martin Griffiths warned on Monday that the humanitarian situation in Myanmar is deteriorating with more than 3 million people in need of life-saving aid amid growing conflict and a failing economy.

The UN Security Council also met behind closed doors on Monday to discuss Myanmar. The meeting coincides with the first anniversary of the re-election of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, which was later overthrown by the military in a coup on February 1.

Britain requested the council meeting because “we are particularly concerned about the intensification of military action in the north-west of the country, and fear that this instead reflects the activity that we saw there. is four years before the atrocities that were committed in Rakhine against the Rohingyas, ”British Deputy Ambassador to the UN, James Kariuki, told reporters.

Myanmar faces genocide charges at the International Court of Justice for a military crackdown on the Rohingya in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. Myanmar denies the genocide and claims that its armed forces were legitimately targeting militants who attacked police stations.

Griffiths also said in a statement that the situation in northwest Myanmar had become “extremely worrying” as fighting escalated between the Myanmar Army and the Chinland Defense Force in Chin State and Myanmar Army and People’s Defense Forces in Magway and Sagaing regions. .

“More than 37,000 people, including women and children, have recently been displaced and more than 160 homes have been set on fire, including churches and the offices of a humanitarian organization,” Griffiths said.

He said attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including humanitarian workers and facilities, are prohibited under international humanitarian law and “must cease immediately”.

“I hope we speak together today with one voice and a statement on Myanmar,” Irish Ambassador to the United Nations Geraldine Byrne Nason told reporters ahead of the council meeting.


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