Myanmar/ Burma – Appointment of Christine Schraner Burgener as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General (April 26)

France welcomes the appointment on April 26 of Christine Schraner Burgener as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Burma.

We wish her every success and assure her of our support in her new role.

Christine Schraner Burgener has been the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Germany since 2015 and has considerable diplomatic experience, notably in Asia. She led the mediation efforts following the events of 2010 in Thailand, where she was ambassador.

France renews its call for the cessation of violence against the civilian populations and calls on all Burmese security forces to ensure their protection and guarantee the restoration of safe and unrestricted humanitarian access. A process to establish the conditions necessary for the dignified, voluntary, safe and lasting return of the Rohingya refugees to Burma must be initiated immediately.

We reaffirm our support for UN efforts, including the mission currently being carried out in Bangladesh and Burma by the Security Council, as well as the work of the humanitarian organizations on the ground. A lasting political solution must be found in order to put an end to the violence and the humanitarian crisis.