Friday, September 15, 2006

UN Security Council to discuss Burma

In a long-overdue move, the UN Security Council has voted to put Burma on it's formal agenda. This move allows any member state to bring up discussion on the subject, and it permits the Security Council secretariat to ask for regular reports.

The US, citing Burma's refugee crisis, narcotics trade, AIDS problem, and human rights situation as "destabilizing" Southeast Asia, sponsored the vote. Ten countries voted for the resolution, four voted against, and one abstained. China, leading the opposition, called the resolution "interference" and labelled it "preposterous".

It's absolutely shocking that it's taken this long for the Security Council to make this move. Better late than never, I suppose. Hopefully, it's not too late.

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