* Draft statement condemns verdict on Suu Kyi
* China, Russia, others ask to consult governments (Updates with council meeting adjourned to Wednesday)
By Patrick Worsnip
UNITED NATIONS, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Western nations pressed the U.N. Security Council to adopt a statement condemning a detention sentence passed on Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, but other countries stalled for time.
A council meeting called by France to discuss the verdict ended without result and was adjourned until Wednesday, the president of the 15-nation body, British Ambassador John Sawers, said.
“There was considerable support for the principle of a statement, but a number of delegations wanted to refer it back to their capitals overnight for advice and instructions,” Sawers told reporters.
Diplomats said the countries concerned were China, Vietnam, Russia and Libya. China, which has a veto in the council, has consistently opposed tough action such as sanctions against its neighbor and trade partner Myanmar.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate, was sentenced to 18 months of house detention for violating an internal security law after an uninvited American visited her house where she was already under detention.
The verdict will keep her off the political stage through elections the military government has set for next year. Continue reading “UPDATE 3-UN council delays statement on Suu Kyi sentence”