UN envoy to Myanmar Kyaw Moe Tun: “I am proud to have been accused of high treason” by the junta

UN envoy to Myanmar Kyaw Moe Tun:

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                Le 26 février, l'ambassadeur du Myanmar aux Nations Unies, Kyaw Moe Tun, a pris une décision soudaine et inattendue en déclarant son employeur - la junte militaire - le dirigeant illégitime du Myanmar devant l'assemblée de l'ONU.  Dans un entretien exclusif avec FRANCE 24, le diplomate décrit ce qui lui a traversé l'esprit avant de prononcer le discours fatidique, et pourquoi des sanctions ciblées sont nécessaires contre une junte qui, selon lui, «commet des crimes contre l'humanité».

                                    <p><span><span><span>Kyaw Moe Tun a déclaré qu'il avait décidé de dénoncer la junte militaire et son coup d'État du 1er février parce qu'il avait fait dérailler le processus de démocratisation déjà fragile du Myanmar.</span></span></span>

Although this act immediately led the army to fire him and accuse him of high treason, the career diplomat says he is “proud” to have denounced a regime that so brutally represses “powerless” civilian protesters. He also accuses him of having committed crimes against humanity, citing both murders and cases of torture. Kyaw Moe Tun is now calling on the UN Security Council to take firm action against the junta and internationally targeted sanctions, saying they would be an effective tool to force the military to stop the bloodshed.

He says the only way to open a meaningful dialogue between the military and the protesters is for the junta to first release Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners.

Although the military may have fired him from his post, Kyaw Moe Tun refused to give up his post and the diplomat who was supposed to replace him later resigned. The UN, for its part, refused to recognize her dismissal. The diplomat says he plans to step down, however, and will continue to support the peaceful protest movement in Myanmar.



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