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UN special envoy to step down

Tan KW
Publish date: Sat, 03 Jun 2023, 02:26 PM
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THE United Nations special envoy for Myanmar will step down in June, a spokesman for the UN chief said, after an 18-month tenure in which she was criticised by the junta and its opponents.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power in February 2021, ending a brief democratic experiment and sparking clashes with ethnic rebel groups and anti-coup fighters.

Diplomatic efforts led by the UN and the Asean bloc to resolve the crisis have so far failed to stem the bloodshed unleashed by the coup.

Noeleen Heyzer (), who was named envoy by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in October 2021, “will conclude her assignment on 12 June” when her contract ends, Stephane Dujarric said.

Guterres “is thankful to Ms Heyzer for her tireless efforts on behalf of peace and the people of Myanmar”, the spokesman said, adding a new envoy would be appointed.

 - AFP

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