Statement attributable to the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Myanmar Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, December 27, 2021 – Myanmar
The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, is deeply concerned at the continuing escalation of violence in Kayin State and other parts of Myanmar, which has displaced hundreds of thousands of civilians , including women and children, many of whom have sought refuge across borders for protection and assistance, while many others are trapped inside the country. It echoes the Security Council’s call to all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and seek a peaceful solution in the interest of the people and their livelihoods, also recalling the Five Point Consensus. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) calling for an immediate end to violence.
The people of Myanmar have already suffered greatly and the socio-economic and humanitarian situation has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who inflict suffering on their own people must silence their guns and protect people in times of great need. The future of Myanmar’s children depends on it.
The Special Envoy urges all parties to act in the best interests of the nation and to fully respect their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians, ensure free movement to security when needed and enable the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need, including those forced to flee violence. To this end, she calls for a New Year’s ceasefire throughout Myanmar.
Since beginning her mission in the middle of this month, the Special Envoy has actively consulted with all stakeholders in support of a Myanmar-led process. The Special Envoy, supported by her office, will engage directly with and listen attentively to all those affected by the current crisis which has become multifaceted with serious regional implications.
In this regard, the Special Envoy will continue to focus on mobilizing coherent international support based on regional unity.
The Special Envoy reaffirms her full commitment to support the people of Myanmar and promote peace.