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UN to keep Myanmar's deposed government's envoy

Khalid Umar Malik
06 Dec 2021, 13:35 GMT+10

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's underground government has hailed a United Nations credentials committee decision to keep the country's current envoy in place as a "first step" to international recognition.

The General Assembly's nine-member Credentials Committee, which is in charge of certifying the nominations of each UN member state's ambassador to the world body, postponed a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar on Wednesday.

The deferment means that Kyaw Moe Tun, who was chosen as Myanmar's permanent representative by now-deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi's government last year, will continue to serve in that capacity for the time being. Shortly after the military takeover, the 52-year-old diplomat rejected the junta and continued representing the elected administration.

The National Unity Government (NUG), which is made up of elected legislators, civil society organizations, and other anti-regime elements, sees the UN committee's decision as a step toward achieving legitimacy as Myanmar's formal government.

"We can say that the first step has succeeded for U Kyaw Moe Tun to continue representing Myanmar as a permanent ambassador," the NUG's minister for human rights, Aung Myo Min, said on Thursday.

"The General Assembly's decision would be a master key for NUG and U Kyaw Moe Tun to open every door," Aung Min said.

"With that master key, we will also have a direction and a roadmap for the path we have to continue. [The deferral] is an opportunity for us to keep walking straight, steadily," the minister added.

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