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Government defends decision not to back UN Myanmar motion

Government defends decision not to back UN Myanmar motion

THAILAND: Thailand abstained on a vote to adopt the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the situation in Myanmar as the resolution did not take into account several essential factors, says Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 21 June 2021, 08:36AM


The United Nations headquarters in New York City. Photo: AFP

The United Nations headquarters in New York City. Photo: AFP

In remarks to the media, Mr Tanee said the kingdom had bowed out of Friday’s (June 18) vote in New York as the resolution failed to take into account the appropriate historical context of the conflict and could adversely affect the chances of arriving at a peaceful settlement, as well as magnify the security challenges Thailand faces if the conflict is prolonged.

“As a country that shares a 2,400-kilometre border and multi-dimensional relationship with Myanmar, Thailand does not have the luxury of distance or existential separation that many other nations have,” he said.

“What happens in Myanmar today has direct security ramifications for Thailand tomorrow.”

He said the resolution did not reflect the complexities of the historical and on-the-ground situation in Myanmar before and after Feb 1. Currently, there are several parties to the conflict, and the task at hand is not to lay blame, but restore trust.

According to the spokesman, “it is imperative the international community helps create an atmosphere of trust, not deepen animosity that will only lead to more insecurity, and hence violence”.

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He said that Asean, of which Myanmar is a member, is in the best position to take steps to bring about swift and lasting peace, yet the resolution did not fully reflect the consensus reached at the Asean Special Summit on Myanmar in Jakarta on April 24.

He said Thailand believes that while we cannot change the past, the international community has an important role to play in creating a “safe space” to encourage all parties to the conflict to come the dialogue table.

He said Thailand’s prime concern is the livelihoods of the Myanmar people whose deprivation, both materially and spiritually, will only become more debilitating the longer the conflict goes on.

Thailand did not believe this resolution represented a path towards the sustainable peace settlement that the Myanmar people deserve.

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Fascinated | 21 June 2021 - 11:25:37

The 'historical context' of a country that commits genocide and political repression of its people- classy, real classy. By abstaining it condone's Myanmar's repression and will only add to the violence. What a cowardly act but one has to to what China says or the luctrative contracts run out.

Kurt | 21 June 2021 - 10:42:28

Take in account the historical context of this 'internal 'conflict' in Myanmar? The whole explanation of the Thai foreign ministry is just hiding that Thai government is afraid for trouble with the Myanmar generals. It is a pity that in times like this ASEAN shows just a weak side.

 

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