Describing the military detention of civilian leaders in Myanmar as a coup, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday the U.S. was in contact with like-minded allies like India and Japan on the latest developments in the Southeast Asian nation as they had better contact with the U.S. military There.
The Myanmar military carried out a coup on Monday and arrested senior political figures, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It was also announced that the military had taken control of the country for a year.
“We have certainly been in frequent contact with our like-minded allies and partners in the region. You mentioned Japan and India. We talk to them on a daily basis and we certainly appreciate that some other countries have better contact with them.” The Burmese military are continuing these talks, “a senior State Department official told reporters during a conference call.
The United States said Tuesday that the Burmese military action was a coup.
“After a careful examination of the facts and circumstances, we found that Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the ruling Burma party, and Win Myint, the duly elected head of government, were deposed in a military coup on February 1st.” State Department official said.
“We continue to urge the Burmese military leadership to immediately and unconditionally release them and all other imprisoned civil society and political leaders,” the official said.
The United States has strongly condemned the military leaders of Myanmar for attempting to reject the will of the people of the country as expressed in the November 8th democratic elections and to take control of the government.
“We continue to stand with the people of Burma as we have for decades to achieve democracy, freedom, peace and development,” the official said.
That assessment, the official said, is triggering certain restrictions on foreign aid for the Myanmar government, and the US would undertake a broader review of our aid programs to ensure they are in line with recent events.
“At the same time, programs that benefit the people of Burma directly will continue, including humanitarian aid and democracy support programs that benefit civil society,” the official said.
The return to civil rule in 2015 allowed Myanmar to re-engage with countries and businesses around the world, rather than relying on others in the region who do not respect human rights and democratic institutions.
“The actions of the military over the past week and, frankly, before it have seriously jeopardized this progress. A very small circle of Burma’s military leaders have determined their own interests over the will and well-being of the people,” the official said.
The Biden government rejects any attempt by the military to change the outcome of the November 2020 elections in Burma.
“And as President Biden has said, we will take action against those responsible, including through a careful review of our current sanctions regime in relation to Burma’s military leaders and their affiliates. Most importantly, we will continue to work with the government.” People of Burma, “said the official.
“… we will carry out a review of all our aid programs for Burma. I have no timetable for you, but we will be guided by our longstanding commitment to the people of Burma and their efforts for democracy, peace, justice and development”, said the official.
US President Joe Biden described the takeover of the military in Myanmar as a “direct attack” on the transition to democracy and threatened new sanctions against the country on Monday.
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