UN Security Council says deeply concerned by state of emergency in Myanmar

Women protesting against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 14, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The UN Security Council said on Wednesday (Feb 2) that it was deeply concerned by a continuing state of emergency imposed by the military in Myanmar and pushed for talks to resolve the situation in line "with the will and interests of the people".

In a statement agreed by consensus to mark the anniversary of the Feb 1 coup, the 15-member council again called for the release of all those still arbitrarily detained, including Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.

The coup in Myanmar triggered strikes and protests that led to about 1,500 civilians being killed in crackdowns and around 11,800 unlawfully held, according to United Nations human rights office figures.

The Security Council called for an end to all violence throughout the country and for civilians to be protected.

"The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at further recent violence in the country and expressed alarm at the large numbers of internally displaced persons.

"They condemned attacks on infrastructure, including health and education facilities," it said.

The statement also repeated the council's call "for the pursuance of dialogue with all parties concerned, and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar".

Myanmar's junta is now facing armed resistance from militias and ethnic minority rebels allied with a shadow government.

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