UN expresses concern over Myanmar's violent crackdown

September 27, 2007 05:15

After initial resistance from China, the UN Security Council issued a statement of concern about Myanmar's violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and urged the military regime to let in a special envoy. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, was expected to leave for the region immediately after briefing the emergency council meeting Wednesday on the fatal violence. Council diplomats said China, which has close economic ties to Myanmar, did not want any document issued after the closed-door session but relented and agreed to a brief statement, which was read to reporters by France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert. "Members of the council have expressed their concern vis a vis the situation, and have urged restraint, especially from the government of Myanmar," the statement said. The junta's forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in the center of the country's largest city, Yangon, killing at least one person. Dissident groups have claimed the casualty count is higher, with as many as five people killed, including monks.

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