Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Dissident Groups Call for UN Security Council Burma Session

More than 150 Burmese dissident groups, local and in exile, called on the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to hold an “urgent discussion” on Burma and appealed to China not to use its veto.

A three-page statement was sent to the UN Security Council and Chinese embassies around the world, appealing for support for the people of Burma.

“The UN Security Council needs to take action on the Burmese military government,” said Myo Thein, director of the Burma Democratic Concern, one of the groups signing the appeal. “We call on the UNSC for an urgent discussion about Burma and on China to support the UNSC's decision and not to use its veto.”

Other groups joining the appeal include the Canadian Campaign for Free Burma, Free Burma Federation, Democratic Federation of Burma, All Burma Students League, Burma Political Prisoners Union, Denmark's Aktiongruppe for Demokratii Burma and the Burma Democratic Concern.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a meeting of the Group of Friends of Burma on March 25.

The Group of Friends of Burma was formed in December 2007 and comprises representatives of Australia, Britain, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the US and Vietnam, as well as the country holding the presidency of the European Union.

“We strongly support the meeting with the Friends of Burma,” said Myo Thein. “But it's not enough for solving the problems of Burma. The problems of Burma should be solved at UN Security Council level.”

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