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UPDATE ~ UN Security Council delays US push to consider Myanmar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday delayed a US attempt to bring Myanmar before the council [JURIST report] over what the US described as a deteriorating political and human rights situation. US Ambassador John Bolton [official profile] sought to bring the issue before the council, but members said discussion was put off based on a request by China, with several other nations, including Russia, Japan and Algeria, questioning the US. Russian Ambassador Andrei Denisov, current president of the Council, said the situation in Myanmar did not threaten international peace or security, although he acknowledged some concern over events there. Bolton planned to attempt to place the issue on the Council's formal agenda again on Friday, after British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, a supporter on the issue, assumes the Council presidency. A US attempt to raise the issue in June also backfired when Russia, China and Algeria blocked it. The US has argued that Myanmar's government is targeting ethnic minorities and repressing political opponents [JURIST report]. Reuters has more.

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