UNSC condemns violence in Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the use of violence against anti-government protestors in Myanmar.

More than 500 civilians have been killed in clashes with security forces since the military seized power two months ago.

Vietnam, which chairs the council this month, released comments on Twitter on Thursday, one day after the council held its third emergency meeting over the coup.

It said, "the Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation, and strongly condemned the use of violence against peaceful protestors and the deaths of hundreds of civilians, including women and children."

The comments called on "the military to exercise utmost restraint" and for "the immediate release of all detainees, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint."

The language is similar to UNSC presidential statement released after a meeting three weeks ago.

The latest UNSC meeting failed to reach a consensus on a response to the violence in Myanmar. The United States and European nations wanted sanctions including a ban on weapons exports to Myanmar, but China and Russia objected.