'Time for de-escalation' in Myanmar, says Chinese envoy to UN
Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations, on Wednesday called for a "de-escalation" in the crisis in Myanmar.
"It's important the council members speak in one voice. Now it's time for de-escalation. It's time for diplomacy. It's time for dialogue," said Zhang after the UN Security Council agreed to condemn Myanmar's military over its actions since ousting Aung San Suu Kyi last month.
Zhang said that the UN Security Council has adopted a presidential statement on the situation in Myanmar which "strongly condemns the use of violence against peaceful protesters."
He called for the Security Council members to "speak in one voice" and urged the international community to "create an enabling environment for relevant parties in Myanmar to address differences under the constitutional and legal framework."
Zhang also reiterated that China's policy toward Myanmar is "for all the people of Myanmar."
"China stands ready to engage and communicate with the relevant parties, and play a constructive role in easing the current situation," said the ambassador.
(Cover: Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the UN, February 26, 2021. /Xinhua)