Burmese ambassador to UN warns of alleged "massacre"

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The Burmese ambassador to the UN, sacked after the coup in February, but who continues to challenge the junta by sitting, alerted the United Nations to an "alleged massacre" perpetrated by the army in power last month .

In a letter to the UN Secretary General on Tuesday, Kyaw Moe Tun said 40 bodies were found in July around the village of Kani, in northwest Myanmar.

The junta denied this massacre, which AFP could not verify independently due to the cut-off of mobile communications in this remote region.

The ambassador says soldiers tortured and killed 16 men in the village in mid-July, after which some 10,000 residents fled.

Kyaw Moe Tun adds that thirteen other bodies were discovered in the following days after clashes between local fighters and security forces on July 26, and that eleven men, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed and burned two days more. late.

In his letter, the ambassador reiterates his call for a global arms embargo against the ruling junta and for a urgent humanitarian intervention of the international community.

We cannot let the military continue to perpetrate these kinds of atrocities in Myanmar, criticized Kyaw Moe Tun to AFP.

It's time for the UN, and more specifically the Security Council, to act, pleaded the one who saw his protection in the United States reinforced because of threats.

Myanmar has been in political chaos since the junta ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's government in February, accusing him of fraud in the 2020 elections. More than 900 people have been killed in a bloody crackdown by the junta for quell any protest, according to a local monitoring NGO.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing pledged a new ballot on Sunday by August 2023.

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