UN Security Council Examines Myanmar Action; Russia along with China Shun Talks

Some diplomats stated on Monday that the U.N. Security Council is contemplating some action to press Myanmar so that it works with the United Nations to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis; even though Russia and China have hitherto avoided discussion on a British-drafted resolution.

According to one diplomat, the draft resolution hopes to put a timeframe on Myanmar and also approving the return of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from adjoining Bangladesh and addressing responsibility.

The Rohingya refugees ran away from Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August last year when assaults on security posts by Rohingya migrants brought about a military suppression. The United Nations, Britain, the United States, and others called the attack on the refugees as ethnic cleansing. However, Myanmar refuted the allegation of ethnic cleansing.

The draft resolution would be cautioning that the 15-member Security Council could ponder further steps, which includes sanctions if enough breakthroughs aren’t made by Myanmar. It would also request U.N. officials to inform the council routinely.

The draft was distributed to the council members late last month and diplomats stated that there had been many rounds of talks. For the initial meeting Russia and China was present, however, they refused to be a part of further discussions.

The text would force Myanmar to carry out and execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.N. development and refugee agencies, which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s government endorsed in June. At the same time, proposals made by the Rakhine Advisory Commission which was headed by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan would be met.

According to a diplomat, the draft resolution does not involve a barometer of the condition in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.

In October, China, supported by Russia, failed to stop a Security Council meeting by the chair of a U.N. inquiry that charged Myanmar’s military of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar has refuted the verdict written in the U.N. report.

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