'UN mission is with me,' says Myanmar's UN ambassador as rift widens among its diplomats overseas

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun ended his speech at the UN General Assembly with a three-finger salute that has become a symbol of pro-democratic defiance for protesters in Myanmar.
Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun ended his speech at the UN General Assembly with a three-finger salute that has become a symbol of pro-democratic defiance for protesters in Myanmar.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is facing a revolt in the ranks in two important places - New York and Washington.

Myanmar's permanent representative to the United Nations, Mr Kyaw Moe Tun, was fired by the junta on Feb 27, a day after urging countries at the 193-member UN General Assembly to use "any means necessary" to reverse the military's Feb 1 coup.

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