China is resisting a British-led push at the UN Security Council to increase pressure on Myanmar to try those responsible for attacks on the Rohingya, Mizzima News carries a report by AFP.
According to a report, Britain last week circulated a draft text that stressed the importance of “credible and transparent investigations” of human rights violations and urged Myanmar to hold those responsible to account.
Back from a visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Security Council is holding negotiations on a statement that would outline steps to address the crisis from the forced exodus of 700,000 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar.
China, a supporter of Myanmar’s former ruling junta, on Monday put forward an amended statement that dropped all mention of investigations or accountability.
Myanmar has come under international scrutiny since a military campaign launched in August drove more than 700,000 Rohingya from their homes in northern Rakhine state.
China’s draft statement stresses “the need to address the root causes of the issue,” and calls for investment in Rakhine state to “achieve stability through development.”
Diplomats said Britain, backed by France and the United States along with other council members, had rejected the proposed changes by China.
Negotiations were continuing ahead of a council meeting on Myanmar on Monday.
The 15 ambassadors last week met with traumatized refugees living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh and toured burned-out villages in Rakhine state.
The council adopted a statement in November that called on Myanmar to rein in its military, but there has been no resolution — a stronger measure that China, as one of the veto-wielding permanent members, would likely block.