Junta chief complains lack of international assistance

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Nay Pyi Taw, 17 August

The Myanmar coup leader said that there was little support from international organizations, including the United Nations, during the outbreak of COVID-19 and the arrival of the Mocha Cyclone.

The military chief made the comments during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw with a delegation led by Martin Griffiths, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), on August 15.

According to the military council, the two sides discussed the conditions for future cooperation on humanitarian aid issues.

When the head of UNOCHA came to discuss the possibility of international organizations helping Rakhine State affected by Cyclone Mocha, the military leader said that they received less aid.

International and local groups, including the United Nations, have attempted to give emergency assistance to residents of Rakhine State devastated by Cyclone Mocha, which struck the state on May 14.

However, UNOCHA faced many difficulties in providing aid and rehabilitation due to the military council’s travel ban and had to wait for the permission to help the storm-affected areas.

An official of a Rakhine civil society organization told Than Lwin Times, “Access to humanitarian aid depends on the discussion of both parties, and aid is still needed”.

Furthermore, the military council highlighted the need to stand firmly on the path of multi-party democracy, to establish internal peace, and to carry out ethnic development.

According to U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, the military council’s report contradicts the actual situation on the ground, and the UN always releases reports on the situation in Myanmar.

According to the military council, the military leader discussed the political changes in Myanmar and the reasons why the Tatmadaw ought to take on leadership responsibilities in accordance with the 2008 Constitution owing to voter fraud in the general election.

In addition, the military council reported to the head of UNOCHA the progress made on the path of multi-party democracy and achieving domestic peace. The Junta leader also discussed with the head of UNOCHA about misinformation on Myanmar and the need for the international community to know the true situation in Myanmar.

According to the UN’s latest figures as of 31 July, there are nearly 1.6 million people who have fled their homes due to the conflict and insecurity after the 2021 coup.

News: Than Lwin Times

Photo: MOI

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