KATHMANDU, Nepal – The United Nations has passed a resolution prohibiting the export of arms to Myanmar. In response to this year’s military coup, the United Nations has stated that it will not supply arms to the country’s military.
The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution condemning the army’s move in February to depose the country’s elected government. The UN has also called for the release of political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s elected leader, as well as an end to the violent repression of peaceful protesters.
“There is a real danger of a major civil war. It’s past the point of no return. “The window of opportunity to withdraw from military action is closing,” said UN Special Envoy to Myanmar Christine Schneider-Burgner.
The resolution received support from a total of 189 countries. Belarus was the sole voice of dissent. Thirty-six other countries abstained, including Russia and China. Myanmar receives a lot of arms from Russia and China, two Security Council members.
Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka were the only South Asian countries that did not vote. The Maldives and Afghanistan voted in favor of the ban. Some countries that did not vote claimed that the issue was a Myanmar internal matter.
Others argued that the resolution failed to address the army’s four-year-old brutal attack on Rohingya Muslims. Approximately one million Rohingyas were forced to flee Myanmar at the time.