Ambassadors to Myanmar issue statement regarding ceasefire
By Mizzima Thu, April 2, 2020
NAY PYI TAW – The Ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and United States of America, have issued a statement regarding the UN Secretary General’s call for a ceasefire, the following is the text in full.
“On 23 March, the UN Secretary General called for armed groups across the world to implement a global ceasefire. The Ambassadors listed below echo this call. We are deeply concerned about the high level of fighting, casualties and civilian displacement occurring in Rakhine and Chin States, and the threat of further conflict in other areas. The focus of all countries across the world must now be on protecting the most vulnerable communities from the devastating impacts of COVID19. Conflict impedes humanitarian response and prevents assistance to those women, children, disabled, marginalized and displaced who are already the most vulnerable groups during a conflict. Humanitarian access to the conflict areas is vital.
The free flow of information through the internet and the media is also essential. For the sake of families across Myanmar we support all calls for a cessation of hostilities between the Myanmar military and armed organisations, resolution of grievances through dialogue, and a lifting of any internet and media restrictions as well. COVID19 does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, nationality, religion or social status. We continue to support Myanmar in complete solidarity having seen the impact of this virus on our own countries. At this time of uncertainty and crisis, we have seen communities, government and civil society work quickly and effectively together. We remain committed to supporting all actors in implementing health and humanitarian responses across Myanmar and we encourage cooperation between all stakeholders to join forces in limiting the spread of COVID19.”