UNSC fails to take action against Myanmar military

The United Nations Security Council has failed to reach a consensus on a response to the ongoing violence in Myanmar.

The Council held an emergency meeting on Wednesday at Britain's request. It was the third time the council has met over concerns about Myanmar since the military coup in February.

Some Western countries have been calling for a resolution that would include economic sanctions and an arms embargo against Myanmar's military.

The UN secretary-general's special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said at the beginning of the closed session that "a bloodbath is imminent," and urged envoys to overcome disagreement so that "the worst outcome" can be avoided.
But the US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, did not mention Myanmar when she spoke to reporters after the meeting. The British Ambassador to the UN, Barbara Woodward, indicated that the council would continue to discuss possible options.

China's UN mission reported on its website that China's UN Ambassador, Zhang Jun, said at the meeting that "one-sided pressure and calling for sanctions" would only "aggravate tension" and "further complicate the situation."

More than 500 civilians, including children, have been killed in Myanmar since the coup. The military has also carried out airstrikes against armed ethnic minority groups.