Despite demonstrations in India and around the world against the sentence passed on the Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the UN has issued a watered-down protest statement. Two days of haggling among diplomats aimed at getting Russia and China on board have resulted in a diluted form of the US draft which originally called for her release.
The UK’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Sawers said: “I think we all know that different members of the Security Council have different views on the situation there, and the strong views in various Western capitals aren’t entirely shared in countries elsewhere. If the government of Myanmar want their process to have international credibility, they know what they have to do.” A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced Suu Kyi, to a further 18 months of house arrest.She’s already spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention. The latest charges arose after an American intruder stayed uninvited at her lakeside home. The European Union earlier increased its sanctions in protest at her continuing imprisonment.