After ASEAN, Myanmar's junta is now seeking trouble with the UN

After ASEAN, Myanmar's junta is now seeking trouble with the UN

Reports on Myanmar from two UN envoys came from unreliable sources, made accusations of exaggeration and violated the country's sovereignty, the military junta said in its latest response to the international community's response.

Ummatimes - Protests and unrest have paralyzed Myanmar since the February 1 coup, with the military accused of carrying out acts of sadistic and excessive force against civilians even though the junta blamed the chaos on "terrorists" allied with the shadow government.

The junta's foreign ministry said recent reports and statements by special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener and special rapporteur Tom Andrews were far from reality and reflected that the United Nations was biased.

"Myanmar cannot accept the organization's motives for targeting a country and using human rights as a political tool to interfere in internal affairs," the ministry said in a rebuttal on Sunday evening.

Schraner Burgener, who stepped down after three years in office, last week said the military had "no interest" in compromise or dialogue and that the chances of the international community to get Myanmar back on track were slim.

The junta said the envoys used an unbelievable number of deaths, made accusations without specific explanations and "smoothed out" the violence perpetrated by their opponents.

Schraner Burgener did not mention that electoral fraud was the reason the military had to seize power, he added.

The junta has adopted an increasingly defensive pattern as international pressure builds, including from ASEAN, a bloc long accused of having weak lines against Myanmar's military government.

Asean's unprecedented decision on October 15 to exclude junta leader Min Aung Hlaing from this week's summit drew anger from the military, which launched a counterattack on Friday. The junta accused the exception of violating norms of consensus and non-intervention.

Andrews' speech on October 22, alleging torture, arbitrary detention and a massive purge of civilians, was based on rumors from unverified sources, the junta said in its latest statement.

"In his report it appears that the special rapporteur brought unfounded rumors to a quick and risky conclusion," the junta said.