UN head 'strongly condemns' military detention of Myanmar leaders

UN head ‘strongly condemns’ military detention of Myanmar leaders

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United Nations: The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly” condemned the military detention of Myanmar leaders, including the de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in the coup.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the detention of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other political leaders on the eve of the opening session of Myanmar’s new parliament,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“These developments represent a serious blow to democratic reforms in Myanmar.”

The spokesperson said that the November elections gave the Suu Kyi National League for Democracy a strong mission, “to show that the Myanmar people will continue to embark on the hard-won democratic reform path.”

The statement called on the military to “respect the will of the people” and “abide by democratic norms. Any differences should be resolved through peaceful dialogue.”

“All leaders must act in the greater interest of Myanmar’s democratic reform, engaging in meaningful dialogue, refraining from violence and fully respecting human rights and fundamental freedom,” the statement said.

The diplomat said that the UN Security Council had planned to meet with the UN special envoy Christina Schranner Burgena in Myanmar on Thursday.

A diplomat, who asked not to be named, told AFP that due to developments on Monday, the meeting could now be advanced to the beginning of this week.

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