Washington, February 2
US President Joe Biden has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar following a coup by the country’s military leaders and called for a concerted international response to press them to relinquish power. Biden condemned the military’s takeover from the civilian-led government on Monday and its detention of elected leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.”
The Myanmar crisis marks the first major test of Biden’s pledge to collaborate more with allies on international challenges, especially on China’s rising influence.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy called for its leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate release. The Nobel Peace laureate’s whereabouts remained unknown more than 24 hours after her arrest by the military. A senior NLD official said he had learned that her health was good.
Myanmar’s coup leader Min Aung Hlaing said it was inevitable the army would have to take power after its protests over alleged election fraud last year which the electoral commission had dismissed, the army information service said. “Despite the Tatmadaw’s (army’s) repeated requests, this path was chosen inevitably for the country. Until the next government is formed after the upcoming election, we need to steer the country,” Min Aung Hlaing said.
Meanwhile, Japan Minister of Defence Yasuhide Nakayama warned that Myanmar coup could increase China’s influence in region. — Reuters
Indian citizens advised to avoid unnecessary travel
New Delhi: The Indian embassy in Yangon has asked the Indians residing in Myanmar to take due precautions and avoid unnecessary travel. “In view of the recent developments in Myanmar, Indians are required to take due precautions and avoid unnecessary travel,” it said. “They may be in touch with the embassy, if required,” it added. PTI
NLD leader rightful poll winner, says UK
London: Aung San Suu Kyi is the rightful winner of Myanmar’s election and she should be released, a British junior foreign minister said on Tuesday. “The United Kingdom considers the election result to credibly reflect the will of the people and that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party are the rightful winners of the election,” Nigel Adams told parliament. reuters