The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, who reached Yangon this evening, expressed deep sorrow at the tragic loss of lives and destruction in Meiktila township in Mandalay division.
While firm action by the authorities was needed to prevent further loss of life or spread of violence, the continued fostering of communal harmony and preservation of peace and tranquility among the people was the most urgent priority and this was the responsibility of all sections of society. Religious leaders and other community leaders must also publicly call on their followers to abjure violence, respect the law and promote peace.
Statement on unrest in Meiktila by Ashok Nigam,
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar
Yangon 21 March 2013 – As the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Myanmar, I am deeply concerned with the violence and loss of lives and property in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Division. Prevention of such incidents must be given top priority.
In addition to ardent efforts by the religious and political leaders and the authorities to calm the situation, I call upon all parties in the unrest in Meiktila to exercise the utmost tolerance and restraint within their communities. ENDS
Yangon, Myanmar, 18 March 2013. A United Nations delegation wrapped-up a 10-day visit to the Union of Myanmar today. Delegates from 21 Member States travelled to Myanmar from New York and Rome to meet with government authorities, parliamentarians and important stakeholders in Yangon and Naypyidaw, as well as in several localities in Central Myanmar (Dry Zone), Rakhine and Southern Shan.
UNICEF Welcomes the Release of 24 Children from the Tatmadaw, Calls for Acceleration of discharges
Yangon, Monday 18, February, 2013: The Tatmadaw officially discharged 24 children in a ceremony in Yangon on 15 February, Friday, attended by senior officials of the Tatmadaw, the Representative of UNICEF as co-chair of a UN Country Task Force on children and armed conflict, senior officials from the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and member agencies of the Country Task Force.
“Humanitarian assistance must flow un-interrupted as long as people are in need” – Ashok Nigam
Yangon, 17 February 2013 – UN and INGO humanitarian staff left this morning for Hpakant in Kachin State, to assess the situation in the 41 camps hosting some 5,000 people displaced by the conflict in the area, and deliver much needed life-saving assistance. They took with them food, including rice, pulses, oil, salt, wheat-soy blend and well as family kits including tarpaulins, kitchen sets, blankets, mosquito nets, basic medical supplies and water purification materials.
By Tomás Ojea Quintana, 16 February 2013, Yangon International Airport, Myanmar
I have just concluded my five-day mission to Myanmar – my seventh visit to the country since I was appointed Special Rapporteur in March 2008. I would like to express my appreciation to the Government of Myanmar for its invitation, and for the cooperation and flexibility shown during my visit, in particular for my visits to Rakhine State and Kachin State.
New York, 6 February 2013 – The Secretary-General welcomes the Joint Statement issued by Myanmar’s Peacemaking Committee and the delegation of the Kachin Independence Organization in Ruili, China, wherein they agreed to work on an overall framework for de-escalation of the violent conflict in Kachin and for monitoring such de-escalation.
20 January, 2013, Nay Pyi Taw
Your Excellency Minister Dr. Kan Zaw, Your Excellencies Union Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of Donor Agencies and UN Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, let me say that this has been a landmark event under the leadership of the Government.
19 January, 2013, Naypyitaw
Your Excellency Minister Kan Zaw, Your Excellencies Union Ministers, Ambassadors, Representatives of Donor Agencies and UN Agencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a privilege to be present at this very important first Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum and to deliver remarks on behalf of the UN system in Myanmar.