A British Permanent Mission official said the Chinese delegation had tried to prevent a statement on the Burmese military at a May 27 Security Council meeting. During the final draft of the declaration, the Chinese side called for changes to the wording of the impossibility. China has said it wants to use the term “slow” to implement international promises made by the Burmese military.
China has also objected to a request for a timeline for implementing the Asean pledge. Russia, along with China, has called for the statement not to be harsh or unpopular, a Security Council spokesman said. Yesterday, special envoys to Burma, including the Cambodian Foreign Minister and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Burma Noeleen Heyzer were invited to present their work online.
Noeleen Heyzer was initially invited to visit Burma, but most of the member states have said they should not travel only to meet with military and military personnel and to meet with all stakeholders, according to a British Permanent Representative. China and Russia have vetoed sanctions against North Korea and have repeatedly opposed putting pressure on the Burmese military.
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