Malaysia’s prime minister regrets the lack of the United Nations to solve the crisis in Myanmar News

Thousands of people have been killed since Myanmar’s military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in February 2021.

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has expressed his disappointment at the UN Security Council over its response to Myanmar’s ongoing political crisis.

Ismail told the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday that the Security Council had not taken “any serious step” to address the situation in Myanmar and described the response as “very sad”.

“Some even see that the Security Council has washed its hands [Myanmar] and handing the matter over to ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations],” he said.

Myanmar’s military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in February 2021, plunging parts of the country into what UN experts say is an incipient civil war that has killed thousands.

The prime minister also said ASEAN’s “five-point consensus”, which called for an immediate end to violence, the appointment of a special envoy and inclusive discussions with all stakeholders, needed “a new lease of life”.

“Malaysia is disappointed that no significant progress has been made in the implementation of the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus, particularly by the Myanmar junta. As it stands, the ASEAN Five-Point Consensus cannot continue,” he said.

Malaysia has called for a tougher approach to Myanmar’s military administration and has also called on ASEAN to engage with the National Unity Government (NUG), which was formed by elected politicians ousted by generals.

The Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore have also pushed for a firmer line with Myanmar’s generals.

The Malaysian prime minister added that the crisis has worsened the plight of millions of refugees from Myanmar, including the mainly Muslim Rohingya, nearly a million of whom are now languishing in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh.

“Although Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol, Malaysia accepted nearly 200,000 Rohingya refugees on humanitarian grounds,” he said.

The coup leaders arrested Aung San Suu Kyi and top figures in her cabinet and party and have since been tried on a variety of charges that critics say were fabricated to keep them out of politics.

Tom Andrews, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said earlier this week that conditions for Myanmar’s 54 million people had gone from “bad to worse to appalling” as a result of the military takeover.

The international response to the crisis caused by the military coup had “failed”, Andrews told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Andrews also reported that Myanmar’s military had committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, including sexual violence, torture, deliberate campaigns against civilians and assassinations.