The United Nations has taken a stand against the sale of arms to Myanmar’s military. Last Friday, the United Nations adopted a resolution against the military government of Myanmar.
The UN General Assembly convened last Friday to discuss the issue of arms sales to the illegitimate government of Myanmar, condemning the ouster of the country’s elected government. Accepting proposals against selling arms to the militaries the Assembly also talked about releasing Aung San Suu Kyi.
Among all of the members of the General Assembly, 119 States voted in favor of the resolution, while only Belarus voted against it. There are 36 states who remain neutral.
In terms of the resolution, neighboring Bangladesh says that the UN position against Myanmar is disappointing. Rohingya people take shelter in Bangladesh since 2017 but the resolution did not say much in favor of the Rohingya people. The country had a great crisis on the Rohingya issue. On the other hand, Russia and China, two of the most veto-wielding states in the world, have been silent on the issue. These two countries abstained from voting against Myanmar. The reasons may be very clear. Russia is the biggest arms seller in Myanmar and China has a huge economic plan for the country.
However, many countries are quite optimistic about the UN’s position. According to the New York Times, this is the fourth time since the end of the Cold War that the UN has taken a stand against any military government. It is also a rare example of taking a stand against arms sales.