The Burmese foreign minister said on Wednesday that the United States wanted to find new ways to bolster “pressure” on the Burmese military junta, as despite sanctions already in place, the situation had “worsened” since the military coup.
Anthony Blinken admitted during a press conference in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, in response to a question about the apparent lack of sanctions, the Americans, “Ten months have passed since the military coup, and the crisis has only worsened.”
“It will be very important in the coming weeks and months to seek complementary measures and actions that we can take individually and collectively to pressure the system so that the country can rediscover the democratic path,” he added, without specifying the nature. of new sanctions.
The foreign minister, on a regional tour, called for the “five-point consensus” to be “implemented”, the roadmap drawn up in April by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help restart dialogue and facilitate access for member states. Humanitarian aid to this country.
After a decade of democratic lapse, Burma is once again under military rule after the February 1 coup against the civilian government led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
The maneuver sparked strong protests and civil disobedience, to which the army responded with severe repression, with more than 1,300 killed since February, according to a local organization.
The Burmese military is also suffering from a 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, which displaced 850,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh.
Blinken said the United States is studying “very actively at this time” the crimes the military has accused against the Rohingya to determine “whether they constitute genocide.”
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