Vietnam is one of four countries that did not give a node to the UN Security Council’s issuance of a statement condemning a military coup in Myanmar.
On March 10, the UN Security Council did not reach a consensus to issue a statement condemning the military coup and calling on the Myanmar army to self-control while at the same time threatening to consider “radical measures.”
The diplomats said four countries, including China, Russia, India, and Vietnam on Tuesday evening, proposed to amend the draft of the statement prepared by the UK, asking not to mention the coup and withdrew the threat to take further actions, the Reuters news agency reported.
Such announcements usually require the consensus of the UN Security Council, which currently has 15 member countries.
Last month, the UN Security Council released a press release expressing concern about the military-issued emergency, and urged the military to release those detained, but did not condemn the coup due to objection of Russia and China.
“Each member country plays a role, either individually or as a member of the collective. As a collective, we always look to the US Security Council for a strong voice accompanied with actions,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the media on March 3.
The UN Security Council draft statement, which Reuters viewed on Tuesday, urged “the Myanmar military to exercise maximum restraint, insisting that the Security Council is closely following developments, and willing to consider stricter measures.”
But because of the opposition of Vietnam and the three other countries mentioned above, the diplomats say it is difficult to see the sanctions review happening in the near future because they would be objected to by China and Russia. Russia has a veto right along with the US, France, and Great Britain.
Vietnam, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, is a major investor in Myanmar. There are more than 200 Vietnamese firms doing business in Myanmar, according to Nikkei Asia, among these are big corporations such as Viettel, Vietnam Airlines, Hoang Anh Gia Lai, BIDV … with a total investment of more than $2.2 billion. according to 2019 figures.
Viettel Telecom, for example, is a joint venture between the Burmese army and the Vietnamese army.