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The Myanmar army fired the Ambassador at the United Nations after his anti-coup speech

Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Moe Tun (Screenshot)

In a speech on Friday, Myanmar Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun urged the United Nations to use ‘any means necessary’ to prevent a military coup in his country.

Immediately after the speech, Myanmar state television immediately reported on Saturday (February 27) that Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Nations had been sacked.

The Southeast Asian nation has been in crisis since the beginning of February when the army took power and arrested civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and most of her party leaders. The military has accused the election held last November as fraudulent, while the Election Commission insisted the vote was fair.

On February 26, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told the United Nations General Assembly that he was speaking on behalf of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We need the international community to take even stronger action to immediately end the military coup in Myanmar,” he said.

State television in Myanmar MRTV said the Ambassador had “betrayed the country; speaking to an informal organization and not representing the country; at the same time abused the power and responsibility of an Ambassador ”.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews said earlier on Saturday that he was in awe of the Ambassador’s “courageous act”, adding on Twitter, “It is time for the world to respond to the call. That courage by action. “

However, the Chinese Special Envoy did not criticize the coup and said it was Myanmar’s internal affairs, and that Beijing supported the diplomatic efforts of Southeast Asian countries to find a solution.

Until now, Myanmar military generals were often unafraid of international diplomatic pressures. Australian oil and gas company Woodside Petroleum Ltd said it is cutting its presence in Myanmar due to concerns about human rights abuses and violence.

However, observers say that the move to fire the Ambassador of Myanmar is not resolved overnight at the United Nations, but it could take a very long time.

“If he says that he will remain in [New York] and remains the legal representative of the real government in Myanmar – the leaders who are currently in prison – then this will lead to a proceeding. The complex at the United Nations General Assembly is called the Credentials Committee, ”said Aljazeera.

“Currently this committee has the US, Russia and China among its members, and they will have to decide what to do.”

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