In a speech on Friday, Myanmar Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun urged the United Nations to use ‘any means necessary’ to prevent a military coup in his country.
Immediately after the speech, Myanmar state television immediately reported on Saturday (February 27) that Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Nations had been sacked.
The Southeast Asian nation has been in crisis since early February when the military took power and arrested civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and most of her party leaders. The military has accused the election held last November as fraudulent, while the Election Commission insisted the vote was fair.
On February 26, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told the United Nations General Assembly that he was speaking on behalf of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We need the international community to take even stronger action to immediately end the military coup in Myanmar,” he said.
State TV station of Myanmar MRTV said the Ambassador was “Betraying the country; speaking to an informal organization and not representing the country; at the same time abused the power and responsibility of an Ambassador ”.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews said earlier on Saturday that he was very impressed with the Ambassador’s “courageous act”, adding on Twitter, “It is time for the world to answer that call of courage with action.”
However, the Chinese Special Envoy did not criticize the coup and said it was Myanmar’s internal affairs, and that Beijing supported the diplomatic efforts of Southeast Asian countries to find a solution.
Until now, Myanmar military generals were often unafraid of international diplomatic pressures. Australian oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum Ltd said it is cutting its presence in Myanmar due to concerns about human rights abuses and violence.
However, observers say that the move to fire the Ambassador of Myanmar is not resolved overnight at the United Nations, but it could take a very long time.
“If he says he will still stay [New York] and remain the legal representative of the real government in Myanmar – the leaders currently in prison – which would lead to a complicated procedure at the United Nations General Assembly called the National Secretary of State. (Credentials Committee), ” Aljazeera said.
“Currently this commission has the US, Russia and China among its members, and they will have to decide what to do.”