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G7 condemns military coup in Myanmar

Myanmar's President Win Myint (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) have been detained by Myanmar's military in an apparent coup. (AFP)
Myanmar's President Win Myint (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) have been detained by Myanmar's military in an apparent coup. (AFP)
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03 Feb 2021 04:02:30 GMT9
03 Feb 2021 04:02:30 GMT9

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The Group of Seven largest developed economies on Wednesday condemned the military coup in Myanmar and said it was deeply concerned about the fate of detained political leaders Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, s well as the targeting of the media.

 “We, the G7 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, are united in condemning the coup in Myanmar,” they said in a statement.

“We are deeply concerned by the detention of political leaders and civil society activists, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and targeting of the media.”

The G7 foreign ministers called on the military to end the state of emergency and allow unrestricted humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable.

“We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically-elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law,” the G7 said.

“The November election results must be respected and Parliament should be convened at the earliest opportunity,” the ministers said.
 
The statement stressed that the military’s restrictions on information flows are deeply concerning. Civilians, including civil society and the media, must not be subject to reprisals in any form, also called for unrestricted humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable.
 
G7 Foreign Ministers reconfirmed their “commitment to Myanmar’s democratic transition, peace and accountability for human rights violations and abuses, and said they stand with the people of Myanmar who want to see a democratic future.

There was no mention of the Rohingya issue in the statement.

*with Reuters

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