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Late UN resolution: Blocking flow of arms

By Lee Yun-ji | 기사입력 2021/07/17 [10:18]

Late UN resolution: Blocking flow of arms

By Lee Yun-ji | 입력 : 2021/07/17 [10:18]

▲Armed Myanmar soldiers and police cracked down on demonstrators opposing Myanmar’s military takeover.


According to the Associated Press and Reuters, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution on June 18th that condemned the Myanmar coup with 119 votes in favor, 1 against and 36 abstentions. Belarus is the only country that voted against the resolution. 

 

However, some critics point out that the resolution is too late, and it remains to be seen how effective it will be in resolving the Myanmar crisis. The resolution says, “We urge all member states to block the flow of weapons into Myanmar,” stressing the need for arms embargoes. 

 

Foreign media evaluated that the U.N. General Assembly resolution is not legally binding, but it is meaningful in that it has political weight and reflects the international community’s critical view of the military coup. The resolution calls for an immediate end to all violence targeting peaceful protesters, as Myanmar’s military is excessive and using violence that harms innocent people in Myanmar. The military reportedly killed more than 860 people, including protesters, after the coup that occurred in February. 

 

The resolution also urged the military to release all arbitrarily detained, prosecuted or arrested people, including Myanmar’s 10th President, Win Min and Aung San Suu Kyi, and return to the democratic system. The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who confirmed his second term before the resolution vote, said, “We cannot live in a world where military coups become a daily occurrence. It’s something I can’t accept.”   

 

Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN, Cho Motun, who was appointed by the Democratic government said that it took too long for the UN General Assembly to adopt a “weakened” resolution, adding, “It is very important that no country should support the military.”

 

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