Drop call for Myanmar arms embargo, say 9 Asean members

31st May, 2021

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Military personnel in a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on March 27, 2021. The military seized power in a coup on Feb 1. PHOTO: REUTERS

Nine out of the 10 members of Asean want a draft UN resolution to drop a call for an embargo on arms supplies to the Myanmar military in the wake of its Feb 1 coup d'etat and the ensuing brutal crackdown. A key reason for this is Asean's need to keep open channels for dialogue with the military. In a letter in response to a resolution drafted by Liechtenstein, reportedly with the support of close to 50 other countries, nine members of Asean, excluding Myanmar, asked for the removal of a sentence calling for "an immediate suspension" of sales or transfers of weapons and munitions to Myanmar.

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