U.N. Envoy Says ‘Civil War’ has Broken Out in Myanmar

The outgoing U.N. special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said on Thursday that the country has spiraled into civil war following the violent military coup in February that left hundreds of people dead.

“In the international law terminology, we use internal armed conflict, and I would use this terminology now,” Burgener answered when asked if Myanmar had reached the point of civil war.

Burgener added that the military had “no interest in compromise or in a dialogue,” which hampers the chance of helping Myanmar “back on the path to democracy.”

“Democratic reform is narrowing, and therefore I urge the member states to act,” Burgener said.

Burgener would be stepping down as a special envoy after serving in the position for a three-and-a-half-year term.

Earlier this week, a U.N. spokesperson said, “the UN Country Team in Myanmar remains deeply concerned” about the humanitarian crisis and that three million people are in urgent need of life-saving assistance and protection because of “conflict, food insecurity, natural disasters, and COVID-19.”

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