HRC49 – EID on the report of the Secretary-General on Myanmar (res 46/21) – Statement by Estonia on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries delivered by Ambassador Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi – 18 March 2022

Mr. President,

I have the honor of delivering this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and my own country Estonia.

We welcome the Secretary-General’s report on the implementation of the recommendations on the involvement of the UN in Myanmar.

We remain extremely concerned about the continuing deterioration of the  situation in Myanmar as a consequence of the military coup on February 1, 2021. We strongly condemn the coup and call on the military to release all those arbitrarily detained and ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We underline the need to ensure the protection of civilians, particularly all persons in vulnerable situations and call for to end the use of violence, to protect the civilian infrastructure and to participate in constructive dialogue in order to restore peace. Humanitarian access must be secured. We recognise the importance of neighbouring countries in supporting humanitarian efforts.

The military regime bears responsibility for this crisis, which has gravely undermined peace and stability in Myanmar. Those responsible have to be held accountable for their actions.

We encourage the UN to fill key positions in their country team in Myanmar as soon as possible, and to continue and intensify coordination with ASEAN.

Mr Secretary-General,

Ensuring unhindered access to all UN bodies and international mechanisms in Myanmar is of paramount importance. What are the prospects of enhancing the access of all UN bodies to all areas of Myanmar?

Thank you!