The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres, expressed his serious concern over the escalation of the conflict in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State, during a statement made on Wednesday. Guterres’ spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, emphasized the importance of all parties involved adhering to international humanitarian law and taking necessary actions to protect civilians.
Dujarric emphasized Guterres’ continued dedication to collaborating with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as regional and international partners, in order to bring an end to the violence in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2669.
Addressing the alarming number of displaced individuals in Myanmar, estimated to be over 2 million, Dujarric underlined the Secretary-General’s stance that civilians must be safeguarded in accordance with international humanitarian law, and that those found responsible for violations should be held accountable.
Furthermore, Dujarric emphasized the urgent need for unimpeded access for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the affected region. The Secretary-General reiterated his solidarity with the people of Myanmar in their plight.
Since late October, a new conflict in northern Shan State has spread to other regions of Myanmar, including the northwest, southeast, and Rakhine State. This escalation has resulted in the displacement of over 200,000 individuals, as reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.