Friday, July 19, 2024

NZ ‘deeply concerned’ by Myanmar coup

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta has released a statement in relation to the seizure of power by military in Myanmar.

The country’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders have been detained.

Troops are patrolling the streets and a night-time curfew is in force, with a one-year state of emergency declared yesterday.

“Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the military’s seizure of power in Myanmar,” Minister Mahuta said.

“New Zealand is a long-standing supporter of Myanmar’s democratic transition.

“We call for the swift release of all those political actors detained, including State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, and for a rapid return to civilian rule.”

Ms Mahuta said an election had taken place and the democratic will of the people must be respected.

“We confirm our support for Myanmar’s democratic institutions and the rule of law,” she said.

New Zealand officials continue to closely monitor the situation in Myanmar.

Consular advice is for New Zealanders in Myanmar to avoid any unnecessary travel for the time being and to monitor media reporting for the most up-to-date information.

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