Sierra Leone Addresses the UN Security Council on the Situation in Myanmar

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, represented by H.E. Mr. Amara S. M. Sowa, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, delivered a statement at the United Nations Security Council briefing on the Sotuation in Myanmar.

In his address, Ambassador Sowa highlighted the deteriorating political and security conditions that pose a significant challenge to regional peace and stability. He acknowledged the briefings provided by Mr. Khaled Khiari, Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East Asia and the Pacific (DPPA), and Ms. Lisa Doughten, Director of Financing and Partnerships Division Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which painted a concerning picture of the situation on the ground.

Ambassador Sowa expressed profound concern over the reported violence against minority groups, particularly the Rohingya in Rakhine state, and the pervasive human rights violations, including sexual and gender-based violence. He noted the alarming reports of attacks against civilian infrastructure, which exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation.

According to OCHA and UNICEF, over 2 million people are internally displaced, and more than 18 million people, including 6 million children, require urgent humanitarian and protection support. Sierra Leone underscored the imperative for expedited measures for a political resolution and peace in Myanmar.

Ambassador Sowa emphasized Sierra Leone’s condemnation of all forms of violence against civilians and the necessity of protecting them. He highlighted the importance of fully supporting the implementation of the ASEAN 5-Point Consensus (5PC) for restoring peace and facilitating a Myanmar-owned political resolution.

Furthermore, Sierra Leone called for ensuring the unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to the over 18 million people in need, condemning the attacks on aid workers, particularly in Rakhine state. Sierra Leone urged for increased funding and support to ensure that lifesaving aid reaches those who need it urgently.

In conclusion, Ambassador Sowa appealed for the unity of Council members in addressing the urgent need for a peaceful resolution in Myanmar, aligning with Resolution 2669 and supporting the centrality of ASEAN’s 5-Point Consensus. He reiterated Sierra Leone’s commitment to supporting efforts to bring the conflict in Myanmar to an end.

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