Myanmar's U.N. envoy calls for ending coup

He addressed the 193-member U.N. General Assembly after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, warned that no country should recognize or legitimize the Myanmar junta.

"We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people and to restore the democracy," said Kyaw Moe Tun to applause and praise from Western and Islamic counterparts.

Such an address - at odds with those in power in a country - is rare. Kyaw Moe Tun appeared emotional as he read the statement on behalf of a group of elected politicians that he said represented the country's legitimate government. He ended with a three-fingered salute used by protesters.

Video Transcript

KYAW MOE TUN: We, the committee representing [INAUDIBLE] duly ask the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council, and international community that aspire to build peaceful and civilized global society to use any means necessary to take action against the Myanmar military and to provide safety and security for the people of Myanmar.

In addition to the existing support, we need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy.

[SPEAKING BURMESE]

And thank you, Mr President.

[APPLAUSE]