The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is scheduled for an emergency meeting on Tuesday (February 2) to discuss the military takeover and detention of political leaders in Myanmar. Kyaw Zwar Minn, Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Kingdom was also summoned by the country’s government over its concern about the situation persisting in Myanmar.
State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint, and other political leaders were detained on Monday (February 1) one day before the commencement of the new Parliament session after the November elections. A one-year emergency was announced soon after by the President’s office.
Tensions have been simmering between the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Suu Kyi and the military which alleges that the November elections saw a vote-rigging and thus the results were a fraud. The case had also gone to the Supreme Court where the military had threatened to take over, a power bestowed upon it by the 2008 Constitution.
The Security Council is currently headed by the United Kingdom which will chair the emergency meeting to decide over the future course of action on the issue. India which is a member of the current Security Council has also expressed concerns over the situation in Myanmar and said that it is keeping a close eye on the events unfolding in the region.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed concerns over the situation in the country and urged the military to respect the mandate of the people.