Risk of large-scale civil war is real in Myanmar: United Nations

About 10,000 refugees from Myanmar have fled to India and Thailand as nationwide clashes between Myanmar Army and people are intensifying. A Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar has said that the clashes led Myanmar to  “acute” new displacements of hundreds of thousands of civilians. 

“In my daily contacts with stakeholders in Myanmar, I hear first-hand accounts about the dire situation. People suffer from deprivation, have no hope and live in fear,” Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Myanmar, told the United Nations General Assembly. 

“Nationwide clashes, including in central Myanmar and regions bordering China, India and Thailand, have led to acute new displacements of around 175,000 civilians, and some 10,000 refugees have fled to India and Thailand. The regional threat of the crisis is real,” she said, adding that “we must continue to call for maximum restraint and condemn all forms of violence. The risk of a large-scale civil war is real,” Christine Schraner Burgener said.

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