The incoming Russian head of the United Nations Security Council says he remains opposed to addressing the situation in Burma at the council.
Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churin, who will be president of the council for January, says he and other council members do not believe the situation in Burma poses a threat to international peace and security.
But he said Wednesday that certain matters, including the human rights situation in Burma, should be addressed.
In December, the U.S. State Department voiced its concern about what it calls the deteriorating humanitarian and political situation in military-ruled Burma, saying it poses a threat to stability in the region.
The department said the situation in Burma remains bleak. It said Washington remains committed to pursuing a Security Council resolution as soon as possible.