Agence France-Presse. Washington |
Published: 11:56 am, April 27, 2021
Former US President Barack Obama on Monday called on all nations to stand up against Myanmar’s junta, show solidarity with demonstrators of democracy and warn of a “failed state”.
“The attention of World must remain focused on Myanmar, where I was appalled by the heartbreaking violence against civilians and inspired by the nationwide movement that represents the voice of the people, “said Obama, who visited the country to support its nascent acceptance of democracy a decade ago .
“The illegitimate and brutal efforts of the military to get their way after a decade of greater freedoms are clearly never accepted by the people and should not be accepted by the whole world,” Obama said in a statement.
Obama, frugal in his comments on international affairs, supported the efforts of the United States under President Joe Biden and others er nations to impose costs on the military to restore democracy.
“Myanmar’s neighbors should recognize that a murderous regime rejected by the people will only lead to greater instability, humanitarian crisis and the risk of a failed state,” he said.
He spoke shortly after an ASEAN summit in Jakarta to which junta leader Min Aung Hlaing was invited, and host Indonesia called for an end to the violence.
The Myanmar military toppled the elected one on February 1st Government and arrested the Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Obama used the name Myanmar in his statement, the preferred use of the leaders of the Southeast Asian nation that had gradually taken over his administration.
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