China and Russia blocked the UN Security Council from issuing a statement expressing concern at the violence and serious humanitarian situation in Myanmar and the limited progress on implementing a regional plan to restore peace to the strife-torn Southeast Asian nation, diplomats said on 27 May 2022 evening.

What

  1. The council was briefed virtually behind closed doors on 27 May 2022 afternoon by Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, the special envoy for Myanmar for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and UN envoy for Myanmar Noeleen Heyzer on efforts to resolve the crisis in the country since the 1 February 2021 military coup.
  2. When the army ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, it claimed with scant evidence that the general election her party won in November 2020 in a landslide was marred by widespread fraud.
  3. China's UN Mission said it proposed slow progress rather than limited progress on the Five Point Consensus, saying in a statement that this wording is factual but less condescending.
  4. The 10-nation ASEAN group issued the Five Point Consensus on Myanmar's crisis in late April 2021.
  5. It called for the immediate cessation of violence, a dialogue among all concerned parties and mediation of the dialogue process by an ASEAN special envoy, provision of humanitarian aid through ASEAN channels, and a visit to Myanmar by the special envoy to meet all concerned parties. Myanmar is a member of ASEAN, but has not been willing to implement the plan.
  6. In the blocked statement, the Security Council would also have reiterated the need to address the root causes of the crisis in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state and create conditions for the return of Rohingya refugees.