Myanmar: Govt happy to work with UN and announce buying protective equipment from China for elections

A factory worker wearing a face mask rides in a public transport mini-bus during a lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus infections in a slum area of Yangon. - Reuters

YANGON, Oct 24 (Xinhua): Myanmar President U Win Myint said on Saturday that his country looks forward to continuing to work together with the United Nations through more constructive cooperation to overcome challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Since joining the United Nations in 1948, Myanmar's faith in the values of the purposes and principles of the UN Charter has always been firm and solid. Cooperation with the United Nations has always been a cornerstone of Myanmar's foreign policy," the president said in his message to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Day.

With Covid-19 reversing the development gains towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, U Win Myint stressed the need to turn the virus into an opportunity to renew commitment to multilateral efforts to reduce poverty, hunger, and social and economic inequalities within and among countries and to build a more equitable, inclusive, sustainable and resilient society.

He also appreciated the United Nations and its agencies for valuable support to Myanmar in fight against Covid-19.

The United Nations officially came into existence on Oct 24, 1945.

The government also announce that it has imported Covid-19 protective equipment from China to be used in elections next month, official media reported on Saturday (Oct 24).

Myanmar bought protective gears to be distributed to voters, polling station staff and volunteers during the upcoming elections.

Special flights carrying over 5.7 million KN95 masks, 250,400 protective face masks, 66,700 sets of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and 4,500 boots arrived at the Yangon International Airport in the past three days and more stocks will be imported until Nov 3, the report said.

Elections are scheduled to be held across Myanmar on Nov 8, with 91 political parties and independent runners in participation.

The 60-day election campaigns have been launched since early September and political parties are asked to conduct campaign activities in line with the rules and the guidelines of fighting Covid-19.

Myanmar reported 1,361 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of infections to 42,365 in total so far, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry Friday.

The death toll has risen to 1,038 after 33 new deaths were reported on Friday, the release said. - Xinhua
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