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Burma Condemns Its Place on Security Council Agenda in Address to UN


Burma's foreign minister has told the U.N. General Assembly that it was a "glaring abuse" of the U.N. Security Council mandate for the council to put Burma on its permanent agenda.

Nyan Win did not name names Tuesday, but claimed the move was made by "some strong and powerful states" who ganged up on Burma to further their political agendas.

The Security Council took the action ten days ago, saying the long-standing human rights problems in Burma add to regional insecurity.

Immediately after the Council put Burma its agenda, Burma's state-run newspaper (The New Light of Myanmar) accused United States of using political and economic pressure to convince other nations to vote for the action.

Putting an issue on the Security Council agenda starts a process that puts the issue under increased formalized U.N. scrutiny.

The Security Council has scheduled a private meeting on Burma for Friday.

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