“I strongly condemn the plot in Myanmar,” EU President Charles Michael wrote on Twitter. EU Foreign Secretary Joseph Bohr also responded via the news site. He said the people of Myanmar want democracy. “The EU is on their side.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen has called on the military to respect the election results in November. Later Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won, and she has now been arrested by the military.
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President Joe Biden has been briefed on the arrests. The U.S. government says it will take action if the prisoners are not released. “The United States will take action if those responsible do not change these measures,” a White House statement said.
The United Kingdom also criticized the military’s actions in the former British colony of Burma. “I condemn the plot and the illegal detention of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The United Nations came up with a similar message. A spokesman for UN President Antonio Guterres called the country “a major blow to democratic reforms” in Southeast Asia. He condemned the arrest of Sookie and other military leaders.
Countries in the region also closely follow the situation in Myanmar. Greater neighbor China has expressed hope that the parties in Myanmar will come to an agreement to protect “political and social stability”. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it was trying to get a better picture of the situation.
Australia says it is very concerned about the news surrounding the situation. “We call on the military to abide by the law, resolve disputes legally and immediately release anyone detained illegally,” Australian Foreign Minister Marice Payne said in a statement.
Singapore and India have expressed serious concerns. “We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld,” the Indian foreign ministry said.
Malaysia has called for a peaceful solution to the election-related conflict in Myanmar. “Malaysia supports the continuation of dialogue between Myanmar leaders to avoid negative consequences for the people of Myanmar and the country of Myanmar,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “Especially when you look at the current, complex situation surrounding the Govt-19 epidemic.”