Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, on the Situation in Burma, at the Security Council Stakeout

Rosemary A. DiCarlo
United States U.S. Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
May 22, 2009


Ambassador DiCarlo: Good afternoon. Thank you. Good afternoon.

I just want to say how very pleased the United States is that the Council has agreed to a press statement on Burma, on Aung San Suu Kyi. The United States has been working very hard with other members of the Council over the last few days on a statement that we could all agree upon. We've got a good statement. We worked in a very collaborative manner. I think it's very important.

We heard again today how members of the Council felt. The Council needed to speak out on this issue and speak with one voice. We've expressed the -- our concern about the political impact of the recent developments related to Aung San Suu Kyi. We've called again -- we've reaffirmed our previous statements and called again for the release of all political prisoners, and made very clear that the Burmese regime needs to create the right conditions for a genuine dialogue with Aung San Suu Kyi and with other concerned parties.

I think the Council has taken this responsibility on this issue. We've seen statements coming from ASEAN, from the Secretary-General, from countries in the region. And now we also have -- put our voice onto this effort.

Reporter: The government of Myanmar has ignored all previous Council statements and it's ignored everybody else's appeal. Why should this statement by the Security Council make any difference? What kind of an impact could it have?

Ambassador DiCarlo: Well, first of all, I think a couple of things are important here. We will continue speaking out to get that impact that we need. We know Rome wasn't built in a day, and one statement isn't necessarily going to do the trick. But we will continue to do so.

I think it's also important, though, to see that countries who normally do not want to comment on such issues felt the need to comment this time around. We've had some very good support from the region. As I said, we've worked very collaboratively with other members of the Council. And we've made a very clear statement and tied it very clearly to the developments surrounding Aung San Suu Kyi.

Thank you.


PRN: 2009/103