Equality cannot go hand in hand with prejudice

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  • The United Nations comprising 194 countries has been founded to provide impartial solutions to international issues and promote peace within each nation but the current stance and some actions it has taken towards Myanmar are raising serious questions. It seems to be especially preoccupied with the Rakhine State issue and are applying pressure in more ways than one.
    The reports of the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) (Darusman reports), the establishment of the Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIM), the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the issue in Rakhine State and the Rosenthal report regarding the involvement of the UN in Myanmar are just some of the methods used to put pressure on Myanmar.
    At the high-level General Debate on the fifth day of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Union Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe said the UN should work together to maintain the sovereignty of every nation and perform better quality work. He said they need to avoid double standards and exceptionalism.
    The Union Government respects human rights and basic freedoms and has pledged to create a society that is peaceful, prosperous and free of fear. They are also striving to reduce poverty, establish quality education, combat climate change, handle the democratic transition, amend the constitution, build peace, work to achieve national reconciliation and to resolve the Rakhine State issue.
    In this overall process, some processes are ongoing and some have produced tangible results that are visible upon close inspection. A lot of nations have given their acknowledgements because the Myanmar government was able to make effective implementations within a short span of time. Nations that are friends to Myanmar and its citizens are showering their sincere good wishes, earnest assistance and constructive cooperation with our country.
    The UN cannot ignore the growing acknowledgements of other countries upon Myanmar’s development and transition. The multiple accusative reports on Myanmar are not based on solid facts and only incorporate partial information that only serve their own agendas. They are ultimately biased in both nature and summarization. These political pressures, arising from discriminatory monitoring and prejudiced objectives, do not help to solve any issues but merely interfere with the sovereignty of a nation.
    We invite the world to offer constructive cooperation in order to firmly plant the roots of democracy in Myanmar. We value friendship and sincere bilateral relations with all other countries but as a sovereign nation and UN member state, we accept fairness and shun intimidation.
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