Myanmar, Mine Action, Mozambique & other topics – Daily Briefing (8 April 2021)

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    The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener will travel to the region this week.  

    She will start off in Bangkok where she will meet with Thai authorities, United Nations regional officials and Ambassadors accredited to Myanmar who are in Bangkok.

    In addition to Thailand, the Special Envoy is consulting on visits to other ASEAN countries as well as other neighbouring countries. 

    As she has highlighted repeatedly, a robust international response to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar requires a unified regional effort involving neighbouring countries who can leverage influence towards stability in Myanmar.  

    The Special Envoy will continue to support the important role of regional actors in facilitating stability and, ultimately, in finding an orderly and peaceful way out of this situation. 

    With support from the Security Council, Ms. Schraner Burgener will continue her efforts to visit Myanmar. She hopes that the Myanmar military will provide her access to the country and to detained leaders, including President U Wint Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. 

    She, of course, stands ready to resume dialogue with the military and to contribute to a return to Myanmar’s democratic path, peace and stability. She is ready to visit Myanmar at any time. 


    Our colleagues on the ground say that they are alarmed by the humanitarian impact of escalating violence in north-eastern and south-eastern parts of the country in recent weeks.  

    In south-eastern Kayin State and Bago Region, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes due to attacks by the Myanmar Armed Forces, including with the use of airstrikes, as well as due to clashes between the armed forces and the Karen National Union. 

    In the north-east of Myanmar, clashes have displaced 3,000 people since early March, while in northern Shan, fighting has forced more than 8,000 people from their homes since December of 2020. 


    The Security Council held a ministerial virtual debate on Mine Action this morning, the Secretary-General in his remarks, noted progress in the past years that have made significant expanses of land safe to use – from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Cambodia to Colombia. 

    But, he added, challenges have also intensified. Conflict has become more urbanized, armed groups are proliferating and the use of improvised explosive devices is increasing. 

    The Secretary-General pointed to three areas that require attention: He urged Member States to ensure that all peace operations have the capacity to operate in environments facing high explosive threats, and particularly improvised explosive devices. Peacekeepers must have the knowledge and the equipment they need to deliver on their mandates safely, he said.     

    Secondly, Mr. Guterres urged the Security Council to strengthen efforts to further integrate mine action into relevant resolutions, reporting and sanctions regimes. Finally, he called on those Member States that that have not yet acceded to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention to do so without delay.

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