According to CCTV news client, on January 31 local time, UN Secretary General Guterres issued a statement on the situation in Myanmar through a spokesman. In the statement, Guterres strongly condemned the detention of President Wen Min, senior minister Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior officials of the ruling Democratic League on the eve of the opening of Myanmar’s new parliament. Guterres expressed serious concern over the announcement by the Myanmar military of the transfer of all legislative, executive and judicial powers to the military. Guterres said these developments have dealt a serious blow to Myanmar’s democratic reform.
Guterres said that the general election on November 8, 2020 provided strong ruling power for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and reflected the clear will of the Burmese people to continue the difficult road of democratic reform.
Guterres urged Myanmar’s military leaders to respect the will of the Burmese people and abide by democratic norms, saying any differences should be resolved through peaceful dialogue. All leaders must act in the greater interest of democratic reform in Myanmar, engage in meaningful dialogue, avoid violence and fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Guterres reiterated the UN’s firm support for the Burmese people’s pursuit of democracy, peace, human rights and the rule of law.