UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for holding a ‘peaceful orderly and credible’ election process in Myanmar, expressing his hope that the vote would help advance ‘inclusive sustainable development’ across the country, and lead to Rohingya refugees return ‘in safety and dignity’.
Guterres also noted with concern that armed conflict was ongoing ‘in many areas of Myanmar’ with intensifying clashes in Rakhine and Chin states, continuing to take a heavy toll on vulnerable civilians.
Unimpeded humanitarian access for the United Nations and its partners remained crucial, Guterres said, before renewing his appeal for a national ceasefire.
This would allow everyone to focus on combatting the Covid-19 pandemic, the UN chief said.
‘At this critical juncture for the people of Myanmar, the Secretary-General reaffirms the support of the United Nations in their pursuit of lives in dignity and peace,’ the statement read. (QNA)
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