UN fails to agree on Myanmar statement, diplomats blame China, Russia

THE UN Security Council failed to agree on a joint statement on the crisis in Myanmar after a closed-door meeting yesterday, with diplomats blaming Beijing – the junta’s main backer – and Russia for raising objections and putting forward their own competing text.

The session was convened by Vietnam to present the conclusions of a recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Indonesia. Asean is to appoint an envoy to help resolve the crisis sparked by the February 1 coup by the Myanmar military.

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