The United Nations Security Council has adopted its first resolution on Myanmar in 74 years, which demands an end to violence and calls on the country’s military rulers to release all political prisoners, reports Al Jazeera.
Burma Campaign UK welcomed the resolution but said it would have “no practical impact” and that imposing a global arms embargo on Myanmar’s military should have been a “no-brainer first step”.
“The supply of arms doesn’t even get a mention in the resolution,” said Mark Farmaner, BCUK’s director. “Russia, China and India are using their seats on the Security Council to protect their profitable dodgy arms deals with the Burmese military. At the United Nations it might be seen as a diplomatic coup to get this resolution passed but in Burma it will have no impact for people living under a military coup.”