UNSC holds emergency meeting on Myanmar

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Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the military and overseer of Sunday's crackdown, is himself a target of Magnitsky sanctions, which ban him from traveling to the US or doing business in this country.

Members of the UN Security Council have expressed concerns about the situation in Myanmar in the wake of a military coup.

People walk in front of parliament compound buildings in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. The closed-doors videoconference meeting, where representatives of 15 countries including China, Switzerland and Britain were present, lasted over two hours.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Wednesday at a regular press briefing that details about the Security Council meeting should not have been made public.

Myanmar soldiers during a parade.

China on Wednesday said the worldwide community should create a favored external environment for Myanmar to properly handle its internal differences.

"Whatever actions taken by the worldwide community shall contribute to Myanmar's political and social stability, promote its peace and reconciliation, and avoid escalating the conflict and complicating the situation", Wang said in Beijing.

Myanmar has been a very hard issue for the Security Council to take any action, but not impossible.

The members held an emergency meeting online on Tuesday.

China is one among the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council and shared close relations with military junta when it ruled the country for over two decades and later with Suu Kyi after she came into power in 2016 following long years of incarceration.

Myanmar's military on Monday took control of the country for one year and detained top political figures, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The military had demanded the postponement of new parliamentary sessions, claiming that there was massive voting fraud in the November 2020 general elections, in which the NLD won the majority of seats in both houses of parliament.

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