|The UN adopts a resolution on Myanmar in 7 decades (photo: the Nation)
China and Russia, who have supported Myanmar’s military leaders since the coup, abstained from the UN vote on Wednesday, along with India. The remaining 12 members of the powerful council voted in favor of the resolution.
The United Kingdom’s UN ambassador, Barbara Woodward, said after the vote that the UN sent a firm message to the military that the resolution must be implemented in full,”. Woodward added the UN also sent a clear message to the people of Myanmar that the UN seeks progress in line with their rights, their wishes and their interests.
The only other resolution concerning Myanmar was adopted by the Security Council in 1948, when the body recommended the UN General Assembly admit the country – then known as Burma – as a member of the world body.