Myanmar military faces strong demand for democracy, says UN envoy

Myanmar military faces strong demand for democracy, says UN envoy


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The strong, united demand for democracy by the people of Myanmar has created “unexpected difficulties” for the military in consolidating power after the Feb. 1 coup and risks bringing the administration of the nation to a standstill, the UN envoy for the country said Friday.

Christine Schraner Burgener said in remarks to a closed Security Council meeting obtained by The Associated Press that her discussions in the region “compounded” her concern that the situation in Myanmar is deteriorating in all areas. She pointed to a resurgence of fighting in ethnic areas, more poor people losing jobs, civil servants refusing to work to protest the coup and a brewing crisis of families in and around the main city Yangon “pushed to the edge” for food, going into debt and trying to survive.

The UN special envoy spoke by video from Bangkok where she returned after traveling to Jakarta to meet participants in the April 24 meeting

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