Kyaw Moe Tun speaking during the session of the United Nations General Assembly, February 26.  Photo: Reuters.

Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN swears to ‘fight’


Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun vowed to continue to “fight” after being fired by the Myanmar military government for his speech “betraying the country”.

“I have decided to fight as long as I can,” Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun said on February 27, after Myanmar’s state media announced that he had been fired for “betraying the country”. .

The Myanmar military government accused Kyaw Moe Tun of “speaking to an informal organization and not representing the country, and abusing the power and responsibility of an ambassador” in his dismissal notice.

In his shocking speech at the United Nations earlier, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun chokedly urged countries to use “whatever means needed” to reverse the “coup” on February 1, when the military Myanmar arrested State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and took over power.

The United Nations has not yet recognized the military government as Myanmar’s new government because “it has not received notice of any changes,” an agency official said. Therefore, Kyaw Moe Tun is still considered Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations.

“We have not received any information regarding the change of Myanmar representation at the United Nations headquarters in New York,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric. UN special envoy for Myanmar issue Christine Schraner Burgener on February 26 urged countries not to recognize or legalize Myanmar’s military government.

Kyaw Moe Tun speaking during the session of the United Nations General Assembly, February 26. Image: Reuters.

If the Myanmar military government, led by General Min Aung Hlaing, tries to seek international recognition by bringing a new representative to the UN, it could cause controversy and lead to a vote at Plenum.

The UN had to settle a dispute over representation in this agency. In September 2011, the UN General Assembly approved the request to recognize the representatives of the interim government of Libya, after the United States, Russia, China and other European nations recognized the new government.

Kyaw Moe Tun said on February 26 that he represented the government of Adviser Suu Kyi, calling for help to reverse “an illegal and unconstitutional military coup”. A call like Kyaw Moe Tun’s is very rare because it contradicts the opinion of the local leaders.

Myanmar’s elected parliamentarians formed a committee after the coup and Kyaw Moe Tun said it was “Myanmar’s legally elected government and should be recognized by the international community”.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres pledged to increase pressure from the international community to “ensure this coup fails”. The UN Security Council expressed concern about the emergency declared by the Myanmar army, but did not condemn the coup, due to opposition from Russia and China, which called for air disobedience. card “internal situation” Myanmar.

Nguyen Tien (Follow Reuters)

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