UN chief Antonio Guterres strongly condemns the military imprisonment of leaders in Myanmar

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Antonio Guterres has condemned the military imprisonment of Myanmar’s leaders in a coup.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has “strongly” condemned the military imprisonment of Myanmar leaders in a coup, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The Secretary General strongly condemns the arrest of State Councilor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other political leaders on the eve of the opening session of the new Myanmar parliament,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement.

“These developments are a severe blow to the democratic reforms in Myanmar.”

The spokesman said the November elections gave Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy a strong mandate, “reflecting the clear will of the people of Myanmar to continue on the hard-won path of democratic reform.”

The declaration called on the military to “respect the will of the people” and “to adhere to democratic norms, with any differences being resolved through peaceful dialogue”.

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“All heads of state and government must act in the greater interest of democratic reform in Myanmar, conduct meaningful dialogue, refrain from using violence and fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the statement said.

According to diplomats, the UN Security Council had planned to hold a meeting with the UN special envoy for the country, Christine Schraner Burgener, in Myanmar on Thursday.

The meeting could now be brought forward to the beginning of the week due to developments on Monday, a diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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