The international community has reacted with concern to the coup détat in Myanmar. The European Union, the United States and other countries have called on the Myanmar army to release their prisoners.
“ I strongly condemn the coup in Myanmar,” wrote EU President Charles Michel on Twitter. Foreign chef Josep Borrell of the EU also responded through that message site. He said the people of Myanmar want democracy. “The EU stands by their side.”
The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on the military to respect the results of the November elections. Then won the party of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has now been arrested by the army.
President Joe Biden has been informed of the arrests. The American government claims to take action if the detainees are not released. “The US will take action if those responsible do not reverse these steps,” says in a White House statement.
The United Kingdom also criticized the militarys actions in the former British colony of Burma. “I condemn the coup and illegal detention of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The United Nations came up with a similar message. The spokesman for UN top man António Guterres spoke of a “big blow to democratic reforms” in the country in Southeast Asia. He condemned the arrest of Suu Kyi and other leaders by the army.
Countries in the region are also following the situation in Myanmar closely. Chinas large neighbouring country expressed the hope that the parties in Myanmar will come out among themselves so that political and social stability can be protected. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs argued that it is trying to get a better picture of the situation.
Australia claims to be very concerned about the coverage of the situation. “We call on the army to follow the law, resolve disputes lawfully, and immediately release anyone unlawfully arrested,” said Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a statement.
Singapore and India expressed great concern. “We believe that the rule of law and the democratic process must be adhered to,” reports the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Malaysia calls for a peaceful solution to the conflict over the elections in Myanmar. “Malaysia supports a continuation of the discussion between Myanmar leaders in order to avoid negative consequences for residents and the country of Myanmar,” says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Especially in view of the current, difficult situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.”