Thursday, October 2, 2008

UN Rejects Competing Claim for Burma's Seat at UN

In elections held in 1990, the Burmese people elected the leaders of the Members of Parliament Union (MPU) as their representatives in government.  However, the ruling military junta in Burma prevented the MPU leaders from taking office. Representatives of Burma's military government have occupied Burma's seat at the U.N. since taking power.  On September 9, 2008, the MPU submitted credentials to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, initiating a rival claim to Burma's seat at the U.N.  Last week, the U.N. General Assembly rejected MPU's credentials on the basis of advice from the U.N.'s chief legal counsel, Patricia O'Brien, who opined that according to Rule 27 of the U.N.General Assembly's Rules of Procedure, the credentials must be issued by the head of state or government or ministry for foreign affairs.  U Thein Oo, Secretary of the MPU, has vowed to continue the challenge.


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