UNITED NATIONS, September 2 — Myanmar is in the footnotes of the UN Security Council’s agenda for September, during which U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice will serve as Council president. On Wednesday at the UN, Inner City Press asked Ambassador Rice why Myanmar is in the footnotes, to confirm reports that she warned Ban Ki-moon against visiting the country lest it just support Than Shwe, and to address Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul’s leaked memo that Ban lacks “moral authority” on Myanmar, like Sri Lanka. Video here, from Minute 21:50.
Ambassador Rice replied that “Myanmar — which we call Burma… is in the footnote because a number of members of the Council, including the United States, felt it is timely to stay focused on events there.” She said that Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal of her sentence might result in an outcome that the Council might want to consider.
Ms. Rice did not address the Juul memo’s critique of Ban’s performance, and said that her “advice to the Secretary General, it would be wise for me to keep it private.” Video here, from Minute 23:47. Rather, she noted that Ban said he received commitments by the Burmese leadership for “swift positive political steps.”
In fact, the military regime in Myanmar has gone on a Sri Lanka-like assault into rebel held territory, resulting in people fleeing across the border into China. continue