Explanation of Vote before vote' by Ambassador Ajit Kumar during consideration of the draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.8/Rev1 at the 34th session of Human Rights Council

Mr. President, 

We acknowledge the laudable cooperation that Myanmar has extended to the UN and its human rights mechanisms in the recent past. During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, several countries have expressed similar views with regard to positive developments taking place in the country. 

2.We are of the firm belief that the international community, including UN agencies, need to continue to engage constructively with the people and the Government of Myanmar especially in the wake of the successful general elections of November 2015. Our support and appreciation of the ongoing changes and reforms will encourage Myanmar to stay steadfast on its path of democratic reforms. A genuine attempt at rendering all necessary assistance, as requested by the country, is the prime need of the hour. 

Mr. President, 

3.The initiatives on Myanmar launched in 1992 initially under the Commission of Human Rights and subsequently extended under the HRC have substantially achieved their intended objectives. Myanmar today reflects strong political will and commitment towards reforms. Consequently, we believe that the international community should engage more constructively at this juncture with the Government of Myanmar to support these processes. We are constrained to note that the draft resolution under consideration is not entirely helpful. Moreover, we also regret the way this resolution has been negotiated wherein the very basic definition of a resolution being an inter-governmentally negotiated document has been compromised. 

4.Therefore, we are left with no option but to disassociate ourselves from the draft resolution A/HRC/34/L.8/Rev1, and its adoption. 

I thank you. Mr. President. 

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