United Nations (UN) special envoy to Myanmar – Christine Schraner Burgener has warned break out of a civil war in Myanmar “at an unprecedented scale”.

“This could happen under our watch and failure to prevent further escalation of atrocities will cost the world so much more in the longer term than investing now in prevention, especially by Myanmar’s neighbours and the wider region,” said UN special envoy to Myanmar – Christine Schraner Burgener.

UN special envoy to Myanmar urged the UN Security Council to consider “potentially significant action” to restore democracy in Myanmar, which was hit by a military coup on February 1.

Schraner Burgener has urged the UN Security Council “to consider all available tools to take collective action and prevent a multidimensional catastrophe in the heart of Asia.”

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The UN Security Council adopted a presidential statement on March 10 calling for a reversal of the military coup in Myanmar.

“Mediation requires dialogue, but Myanmar’s military has shut its doors to most of the world,” said UN special envoy to Myanmar – Christine Schraner Burgener.

“If we wait only for when they are ready to talk, a bloodbath is imminent,” Christine Schraner Burgener added.

“Armed ethnic groups on Myanmar’s eastern and western borders are also increasingly speaking out against the brutality of the military,” Christine Schraner said.

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“Opposition of ethnic armed groups to the military’s cruelty is increasing the possibility of civil war at an unprecedented scale,” Schraner Burgener warned.

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