Myanmar UN envoy vows to seek intl. support

Myanmar's envoy to the United Nations has vowed to stay on the job and continue seeking international support for democratizing his home country.

Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun was appointed by Myanmar's former democratically elected government.

Myanmar's military, which seized power in a coup in February, reportedly appointed its own envoy. But Kyaw Moe Tun is still seen as representing Myanmar because the UN Credentials Committee has yet to decide on the country's representation.

Security around the ambassador has been stepped up since a plot to assassinate him was uncovered in August. US law enforcement officials are investigating the case.
Kyaw Moe Tun spoke with NHK at Myanmar's UN mission in New York.

He said that if he retains his post, his team can use the platform to convey people's voices and the situation on the ground to the international community. He said he believes this arrangement is a good option for the people and the country of Myanmar.

The ambassador said they will do their best to make numerous demands and appeals to save the lives of innocent civilians, end the military coup and restore democracy in Myanmar.

He made clear that this will all be reflected in statements he will make to relevant committees and the UN General Assembly.

The ambassador defended calls by pro-democracy forces in Myanmar to revolt against military rule.
He noted that more than 1,100 people have already been killed by the military, and appealed to the international community to understand that the people are fighting for their own defense.