AA / New York
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday said he would not accept a military coup in Myanmar as “the norm”.
This is evident from Guterres’ first statement after the UN General Assembly announced that he had been re-appointed as head of the international body for a second five-year term as Secretary-General.
Guterres told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York that his position was “very clear and unchanged” from the military coup in Myanmar in early February.
“We want to create the conditions for the restoration of democracy in this country (..), the release of prisoners and the blatant cessation of executions and human rights abuses,” he said.
Responding to questions from reporters about his expectations of the draft resolution on Myanmar to be voted on by the UN General Assembly on Friday, Guterres said: “I hope the members of the General (193 countries) will send a clear message that we will not allow military conspiracies to become the norm.”
Later on Friday, members of the General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution prepared by the state of Liechtenstein with the support of more than 50 General Assembly members on the situation in Myanmar.
The draft resolution reads, “The release of President Win Mint and State Council President Aung San Suu Kyi is aimed at respecting the will of the people, ending the state of emergency and allowing a change. Sustainable democracy.”
There is also talk of “preventing weapons from entering the country.”
The resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly are not bound, but they are important because they reflect the will and direction of the international community.
In the early hours of February 1, military commanders in Myanmar carried out a military coup that led to the arrest of senior officials in the country, including President Win Mind and State Council President Aung San Suu Kyi.
* Translated by Majdi Ismail from Arabic