Statement by Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations at the Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Situation in Ukraine (New York, 2 March 2022)

Mr. President,

At the outset, we welcome the convening of this emergency special session. We thank the President of General Assembly and the Secretary-General of the United Nations in this regard. This emergency special session is timely, and it would allow all countries, small and big, to raise our voices on the serious situation Ukraine is facing and our concerns in this state of affairs of this universal organ, the United Nations.

Myanmar always adheres to and takes firm position on the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of all countries. Therefore, Myanmar condemns the invasion of Ukraine and unprovoked attacks against the people of Ukraine. These acts are flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and international law. Myanmar calls on to respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

We have been following with great concern the situation on the ground in Ukraine. It is regrettable that the situation is further escalating with intensified attacks of the Russian Federation. As a result, many people have been killed, andhundreds of thousands of people left their homes. The people are suffering even in the severe cold weather. We call on immediate cessation of hostilities and attacks on Ukraine.

Myanmar understand and share more than others the suffering that the people of Ukraine are encountering. The people of Myanmar are facing similar suffering resulted from the inhumane acts, atrocities, crimes against humanity committed by the Myanmar military.Due to the military’s excessive use of force and indiscriminate attacks on people as well as their inhumane and brutal acts, many houses, religious facilities, healthcare facilities, schools and farmland have been destroyed, and accordingly hundreds of thousands of people have to leave the respective places and became displaced people in addition to number of people death and injured. The displaced people and victims include people from vulnerable groups such as people with disability, elderly people, women, girls and children.

I wish to commend the neighbouring countries of Ukraine which open their borders and extend warm reception of Ukrainians and other nationals who escaped from the terrifying attacks. We also thank all member states who support Ukraine in every possible ways. I appeal them to continue to do so and do more.Mr. President,The UN Charter clearly begins with “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. I wish to further recall that “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest.”

Excellencies, dear colleagues, it is time for all of us to stand with justice and stand with the principles of the UN Charter.Myanmar stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. In doing so, Myanmar cosponsored the draft resolution and will vote YES.Justice, freedom and peace must prevail all over the world.

I thank you.