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UN Special Envoy Noeleen Heyzer will resign.

UN Special Envoy Noeleen Heyzer will resign.

The United Nations announced on Wednesday that the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for Myanmar, Noeleen Heyzer, will be resigning.

According to UN reports, Ms. Noeleen Heyzer will resign on June 12, when her contract expires. After the military overthrew the elected civilian government and a coup d'état, Ms. Noeleen Heyzer began serving as a special envoy for Myanmar in October 2021, when armed resistance revolutions spread throughout the country.

She served as Special Envoy for Myanmar for 20 months, which is less than half of the tenure of Ms. Christiana Bergner, who previously held this position.

Christiana Bergner was appointed by the UN in April 2018, and after the 2021 military coup, the Special Envoy’s office in Nay Pyi Taw was closed, and Noeleen Heyzer was appointed as Special Envoy in her place.

There are speculations that Noeleen Heyzer was appointed because she was in contact with Myanmar military generals when Cyclone Nargis hit in 2008.

Last 2022 on August 17, she visited Nay Pyi Taw and met with the military leader, General Min Aung Hlaing. During this meeting, to immediately stop the violence in Burma, to support a political path to return Myanmar to the path of democracy. She requested that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi be sent home from prison and allowed to meet with her, but the military council did not comply.

At the time, the military council said at a press conference that this meeting was the UN's recognition of the military council as a government, and the NUG warned against giving legitimacy to the military council, even though it understood that Ms.Noeleen Heyzer was doing her job.

Noeleen Heyzer said at a press conference held last month that she will not visit Myanmar again until it is another meaningful trip.

In addition, as a special envoy, she is said to be engaging with ethnic armed organizations in addition to the NUG.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that he would appoint a new Special Envoy to replace the vacant Special Envoy, thanking the people of Myanmar and his efforts for the peace of Myanmar.


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