Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Three-Year Anniversary of the Military Coup in Burma

United States Mission to the United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2024

Today marks three years since Burma’s military regime denied the people of Burma their voice and aspiration for an inclusive and democratic future.

Three years on, we continue to see the effects of the coup: thousands of civilians have been killed or detained, the regime continues to launch airstrikes on civilian populations, the humanitarian crisis has spiraled, more than 2.5 million people are internally displaced, including nearly 2.3 million since the military coup, and the threat of instability to Burma’s neighboring countries is growing.

The UN Security Council must demonstrate strong resolve to address the situation, as we did more than a year ago, with the adoption of Resolution 2669. Now is the time for the Council to build on this resolution and reiterate the international community’s demands for the military regime to end the violence harming civilians, release those arbitrarily detained, allow unhindered access for humanitarian aid, respect human rights, and return to the path toward inclusive democratic governance.

The people of Burma cannot wait, and neither should we. The people of Burma deserve peace and justice.

To that end, the United States underscores its commitment to using all tools at the Security Council’s disposal to support ASEAN’s efforts to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis, a commitment affirmed by the vast majority of the Security Council. We will continue to promote peace and the conditions for inclusive democracy in Burma through our work with members of the Security Council, other Member States, and regional partners, including ASEAN.