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Myanmar Violence ‘Must Cease Immediately’: UN Agencies

The UN Country Team in Myanmar on Monday,
reiterated its call for an end to violence against
civilians, amid reports of dozens of deaths in the latest
crackdown on protests against the military

More than 80 people lost their
lives on Friday as security forces reportedly used heavy
weapons against protesters in the town of Bago, located
about 90 kilometres (56 miles) northeast of the commercial
capital Yangon, according to media reports.

are] following events in Bago with reports of heavy
artillery being used against civilians and medical treatment
being denied to those injured”, the Country Team (UNCT)
said in a post
on Twitter.

“The violence must cease immediately”,
it stressed.

Hundreds killed

Hundreds of
civilians, including at least
44 children
, have been killed
in the crackdown
across Myanmar since the military
on 1 February. Countless more have been seriously
injured and more than 2,600 are in detention, including many
held incommunicado or forcibly disappeared.

There are
also reports that several hundred people have fled
areas hit hard by violence
, including many who have
sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

UN agencies
have also reported sharp
increases in food and fuel prices
in many parts of the
country, on the back of supply chain and market disruptions.
Humanitarians worry that if the price trends continue, they
will “severely undermine” the ability of the poorest and
most vulnerable to put enough food on the family

UN Special Envoy visiting region

The UN
Special Envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener,
arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, on a regional visit
to press for efforts to resolve the crisis in

Ms. Schraner Burgener, however, will not
visit Myanmar, she said in a tweet.

regret that Tatmadaw [Myanmar’s military] answered me
yesterday that they are not ready to receive me”, the
Special Envoy said.

“I am ready for dialogue.
Violence never leads to peaceful sustainable solution”,
she added.

In the Thai capital, the Special Envoy is
scheduled to meet with UN regional officials as well as
ambassadors accredited to Myanmar who are in

In addition to Thailand, the Special Envoy is
consulting on visits to other Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) member countries, as well as other
neighbouring countries.

“As she has highlighted
repeatedly, a robust international response to the ongoing
crisis in Myanmar requires a unified regional effort
involving neighbouring countries who can leverage influence
towards stability in Myanmar”, UN spokesperson Stéphane
Dujarric said.

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