United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar has warned of a full-scale civil war, if all key parties don’t hold a successful dialogue on all issues of the south Asian country.
UN Envoy Christine Schraner Burgener yesterday said, clashes between the military and local defence forces are continuing, people are frightened and suffering. There is no freedom of speech, the World Bank predicts an 18 per cent drop in GDP this year and the International Labour Organization estimates 2.2 million jobs have been lost since January, UN Envoy added.
On top of that, she said, Myanmar is currently facing a severe COVID-19 third wave with more than 3,33,000 reported cases, including 3,611 new cases on yesterday. In her wide-ranging discussions with all sides in Myanmar, she said, she realized no sides will give up and are ready to make any compromises. Therefore, she has decided not to wait for the ASEAN to appoint a Special Envoy and moved ahead with her proposal for an all-inclusive dialogue.
Meanwhile, United States announced 50 million dollar in critical humanitarian assistance to the people of Myanmar, including those forced to flee violence and persecution.