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‘China, Russia undermine Myanmar response’

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The world watches in horror, as the military makes use of violence towards its personal folks, says EU’s high diplomat

The European Union’s high diplomat mentioned on Sunday Russia and China had been hampering a united worldwide response to Myanmar’s army coup and that the EU might supply extra financial incentives if democracy returns to the nation.

“It comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the U.N. Security Council, for example to impose an arms embargo,” EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned.

“Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground,” mentioned Mr. Borrell, who speaks on behalf of the 27 EU member states. “But we have a duty to try.”

Security forces have killed greater than 700 unarmed protesters, together with 46 kids, for the reason that army seized energy from the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi in a Feb. 1 coup, in keeping with a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.

That included 82 folks killed within the city of Bago, close to Yangon, on Friday, which the AAPP referred to as a “killing field”.

“The world watches in horror, as the army uses violence against its own people,” Mr. Borrell mentioned.

Weapon suppliers

China and Russia each have ties to Myanmar’s armed forces, as the primary and second largest suppliers of weapons to the nation, respectively.

The U.N. Security Council final week referred to as for the discharge of Ms. Suu Kyi and others detained by the army however stopped wanting condemning the coup.

The EU is making ready contemporary sanctions on people and firms owned by the Myanmar army. The bloc in March agreed a primary set of sanctions on 11 people linked to the coup, together with the commander-in-chief of the army.

While EU financial leverage within the nation is comparatively small, Mr. Borrell mentioned the EU might supply to extend its financial ties with Myanmar if democracy is restored. That might embody extra commerce and investments in sustainable improvement, he mentioned.

EU overseas direct funding in Myanmar totalled $700 million in 2019, in contrast with $19 billion from China.

In Myanmar, protest teams are calling for the boycott of the Thingyan Water Festival this week, some of the necessary celebrations of the yr, due to the killings.

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