04:00 Biden called on the Myanmar military to release people and sacrifice assets for sanctions

2021/02/11 04:00

[Central News Agency]U.S. President Biden made his first public remarks on the military coup in Myanmar today. In addition to calling on the Myanmar military to immediately release the real leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others, he also announced that he would sign an executive order to freeze the Myanmar government’s assets in the United States. .

The Myanmar military recently launched a coup d’etat against the democratically elected government, arresting Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and many leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) to which she belongs. The military television station issued a statement claiming that the arrest was to deal with “election fraud.”

Joe Biden issued a written statement on the 1st, calling on the Myanmar military to immediately give up the power it has seized and release the activists and officials that have been arrested. The United States will also hold accountable those who undermine Myanmar’s democratic transition and review the Sanctions lifted. But the Myanmar military did not compromise because of this. Aung San Suu Kyi is still missing, and protests on the streets of Myanmar are gradually increasing.

In view of this, Biden made a public statement today, asking the Myanmar military to make concessions.

Biden said that the attack on Myanmar’s democratic transition is an issue of deep concern for both parties in the United States. The executive department consulted with the Republican leader of the Federal Senate, Mitch McConnell, who is highly concerned about this issue, and his team. It is the partners in the Indo-Pacific region that maintain close contact to assist the international community in coping with this situation.

He pointed out that a strong and unified message from the United States is essential to inspire other countries to join and urge Myanmar to restore democracy. The United States assisted in convening the UN Security Council last week and issued a strong statement supporting democracy in Myanmar. After the United States rejoins the Human Rights Council, it will also take this to strengthen the world’s commitment to human rights in Myanmar.

Biden also once again called on the Myanmar military to immediately release democratic political leaders and activists, immediately give up the power it has seized, and respect the will expressed by the Myanmar people in the general election on November 8 last year.

Biden also announced a series of sanctions in Myanmar, including the US government will take measures to ensure that the Myanmar military cannot obtain US$1 billion in government assets in the United States to sanction the business interests and family members of Myanmar military leaders. The first round of sanctions is expected to be announced this week.

Biden also pointed out that the United States will also adopt strong export control measures. However, he also emphasized that while freezing Myanmar government funds, it will maintain various assistance to local medical care, civil society groups and other direct benefits to the Myanmar people. (Editor: Yang Zhaoyan)

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