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Myanmar’s Military Must Relinquish Power, Restore Democratically Elected Government: US

“We are on the side of the Burmese people,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.


Myanmar’s military junta must relinquish power and restore the democratically elected government, the United States said, saying it supports the people and supports their aspirations to restore a civilian-led government to the country.

Earlier this month, the Burmese military overthrew the government and seized power for a year, detaining prominent political figures including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint in the coup. Bloodless state.

“Our message to the junta has not changed. They must relinquish power, they must restore the democratically elected government, and our message to the Burmese people has not changed,” the department spokesman said on Tuesday. Ned Price state to reporters.

Price’s remarks come a day after the United States announced an additional round of sanctions against Myanmar’s military leaders, which America and several Western powers continue to refer to under its old name of Burma.

“We support the people of Burma. We will continue, once again, together with our allies and like-minded partners around the world to support their aspirations for the restoration of civilian government in Burma,” he said. declared.

Myanmar’s military leaders must see that their attempts to replace the democratically elected government and its violent actions will have consequences, Price said.

The United States is not the only country taking steps to promote the accountability of military leaders behind this coup, he said.

“In fact, we applauded the recent sanctions, the sanctions announcements that have been made by the UK and Canada, as well as the announcement that the EU will review its own measures,” Price said.

The world speaks with one voice when it comes to opposing the military coup in Burma and supporting the aspirations of the Burmese people to restore their democratically elected civilian government. The United States will continue to offer this rhetorical support but also to take steps to achieve these goals, he added.

“We will continue to seek ways on a political basis to achieve our goal of supporting the Burmese people and restoring democratic and civilian rule in Burma,” Price said.


On Monday, the United States nominates two additional members of the State Administrative Council (SAC), Maung Maung Kyaw and Moe Myint Tun.

“We call on the military and police to stop all attacks on peaceful protesters, immediately release all those wrongfully detained, end the attacks and intimidation of journalists and activists, and restore the democratically elected government Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Monday.

The United States will continue to work with a broad coalition of international partners to promote the accountability of the coup plotters and those responsible for this violence, he said.

“We will not hesitate to take new measures against those who commit violence and suppress the will of the people. We will not waver in our support for the Burmese people,” he said.

Earlier in a statement, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union “strongly” condemned the violence by Myanmar security forces against peaceful protests.

“We offer our condolences for the loss of life. The military and police must exercise the utmost restraint and respect human rights and international law. The use of live ammunition against unarmed persons is unacceptable. Anyone who responds to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account, “they said.

Condemning the intimidation and oppression of those who oppose the coup, the G7 countries have declared that the systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must end and that the state emergency must be revoked.

“We continue to call for full humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable,” they said.

G7 foreign ministers called for the immediate and unconditional release of those arbitrarily detained, including State Councilor Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.


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