YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's underground government has hailed a United Nations credentials committee decision to keep the country's current envoy in place as a "first step" to international recognition.
The General Assembly's nine-member Credentials Committee, which is in charge of certifying the nominations of each UN member state's ambassador to the world body, postponed a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar on Wednesday.
The deferment means that Kyaw Moe Tun, who was chosen as Myanmar's permanent representative by now-deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi's government last year, will continue to serve in that capacity for the time being. Shortly after the military takeover, the 52-year-old diplomat rejected the junta and continued representing the elected administration.
The National Unity Government (NUG), which is made up of elected legislators, civil society organizations, and other anti-regime elements, sees the UN committee's decision as a step toward achieving legitimacy as Myanmar's formal government.
"We can say that the first step has succeeded for U Kyaw Moe Tun to continue representing Myanmar as a permanent ambassador," the NUG's minister for human rights, Aung Myo Min, said on Thursday.
"The General Assembly's decision would be a master key for NUG and U Kyaw Moe Tun to open every door," Aung Min said.
"With that master key, we will also have a direction and a roadmap for the path we have to continue. [The deferral] is an opportunity for us to keep walking straight, steadily," the minister added.