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Security Council Resolution 2669 (2022) on the Situation in Myanmar: Too Little, Too Late?

On December 21, 2022, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2669 (2022) on the situation in Myanmar with a vote of 12 in favour to none against, and 3 abstentions (China, India, and the Russian Federation). The Council “demands an immediate end to all forms of violence throughout the country.” It “urges the Myanmar military to immediately release all arbitrarily detained prisoners, including President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.” The Council “reiterates its call to uphold democratic institutions and processes and to pursue constructive dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar.”  It also “calls for concrete and immediate actions to effectively and fully implement ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus.” Finally, it “requests the Secretary-General or through his Special Envoy to report to the Council by March 15, 2023.”   This is the first ever Security Council resolution on Myanmar, nearly two years after the military coup d’etat on February 1, 2021. Credit is to be given to the United…

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