Myanmar's UN envoy won't speak at General Assembly

Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations, who is remaining in the position in defiance of the military, has decided he won't make an address at the UN General Assembly.

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told Myanmar's media outlet Mizzima that he made the decision after comprehensive discussions on various platforms for ensuring long-term continuity, as his scheduled speech on September 27 is not essential.

Kyaw Moe Tun was appointed by the former democratically elected government before the military seized power in February in a coup. He has stayed in his post and continued to protest against the junta.

Myanmar's military government has notified the UN of its intention to appoint a new ambassador to replace Kyaw Moe Tun.

The UN Credentials Committee, which consists of nine members including the US and China, will discuss who will represent Myanmar at the world body, and the General Assembly will make a final decision.

The US magazine Foreign Policy says the United States and China had reached a deal behind the scenes to delay a decision on Myanmar's representation and allow the incumbent envoy to remain in the post.
The deal will also require Kyaw Moe Tun not to address the General Assembly during the current session.

The deal is expected to draw strong opposition from the military rulers as it will effectively block them from addressing the General Assembly in a bid to acquire international legitimacy for the coup.