Myanmar monks marched on February 22 in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city – Photo: REUTERS
“We should not watch indifferently,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said during a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels (Belgium) on February 22. Mr. Maas called for imposing sanctions on the Myanmar military government if diplomatic solutions fail.
In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the EU foreign ministers stressed that the bloc is “ready to take restrictive measures” such as banning travel and freezing the assets of individuals involved in the 1st coup. -2 in Myanmar. The EU will also reconsider cooperation with Myanmar and trade incentives for this country.
However, the EU’s senior representative in charge of foreign affairs and security, Josep Borrell, affirmed that the EU will not withdraw special trade preferences for Myanmar.
According to Mr. Borrell, this type of sanctions can affect all people of Myanmar, including the poor making a living in the textile industry.
“We will not do that. It only harms the people of Myanmar, not the army,” argued the EU official.
An EU diplomat commented that the travel ban and property freezing is a “possible” direction, indicating that the US is ahead of the EU in this regard.
In a later press conference, a State Department spokesman confirmed Washington was looking for policy tools to increase pressure on the military administration. This person also condemned actions “suppressing peaceful protests” that caused at least 4 deaths.
The overthrow of the elected government of the military side in Myanmar on February 1 led to civil demonstrations and disobedience across Myanmar for the past three weeks. The protesters called for the release of civilian leaders, including state advisor Aung San Suu Kyi, and opposed the ruling army.
Although Aung San Suu Kyi’s image has deteriorated in the West due to the Rohingya crisis, the EU and other countries are now the strongest international voice calling for release, according to Reuters news agency. for you. The EU foreign ministers continued to call for the release of Myanmar’s civilian leader in a joint statement on February 22.
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