Myanmar: we want to send a signal to the Burma authorities

Myanmar - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 28 September 2017

As you know, France has called with six other members of the Security Council for this public briefing by the Secretary-General. Why ? Because we can’t stay silent in front of what is happening under our watch, with what we have to call an ethnic cleansing.

What we hope is that this meeting will send a signal to the Burma authorities so that we can move forward on at least two key immediate urgent goals: First, the end of violence against civilian population. Second, the full and immediate access of humanitarian agencies and NGOs to reach those in need. And you know how many French NGOs are active on site.

Beyond these two immediate goals, it is absolutely essential that a political dialogue gets started, based on the recommendations of the advisory commission on Rakhine state chaired by Kofi Annan. The return of the refugees and the accountability for the violations of Human Rights will also be key.

So this is the way we see this very important meeting of the Security Council that we have requested.

As you know France will host the Presidency of the Security Council starting 1st October, and in this respect, we have invited Kofi Annan to address us during our Presidency in what will be an informal and open meeting of the Council, what we call an Arria Formula meeting. It will be another important step to move collectively toward resolving this heart-breaking crisis.

Q: Why is it an Arria and not in the formal format of the Security Council?

Because precisely we wanted to have Kofi Annan with us, based on the very important report he wrote. And we wanted it to be an open meeting where not only the Security Council’s members but also others could come and brief us (...) in order, first of all, to make sure that we have the same assessment of the situation, which is the basis of everything if we want to move ahead, and number two not to focus on rhetorical or theoretical discussions but to agree on a concrete way forward.

Q: Ambassador, has anyone reached out to Aung Suu Kyi? Are there any emissaries speaking with her about the horrific situation?

There are many contacts with Aung Suu Kyi obviously.

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