London, United Kingdom:
Britain confirmed on Thursday that it could no longer recognize Myanmar’s ambassador to London, after the ruling junta officially notified that he had been withdrawn for supporting the ousted government.
British sources said the government, in accordance with diplomatic policy, must adhere to the junta’s decision regarding Kyaw Zwar Minn, after he was expelled from the embassy on Wednesday.
Diplomats loyal to Myanmar’s military authorities appear to have taken control of the embassy, leaving the ambassador on the streets and forcing him to sleep in his car overnight, as anti-junta protesters demonstrated.
The ousted envoy said his defense attache, Chit Win, had taken over the mission in “a kind of coup” two months after the army seized power in Myanmar.
In a statement read on Thursday on behalf of the ambassador by Min Hein, a member of the Burmese community in London, he said they were awaiting an official response from the British government.
“We have also learned that the Chit Win team is threatening embassy staff with severe punishments if these staff do not continue to work for the military junta,” added Min Hein.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab earlier on Thursday condemned the “intimidation” of the Burmese junta and reiterated his calls for the release of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We condemn the acts of intimidation by the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday, and I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage,” Raab said on Twitter.
“The UK continues to call for an end to the coup and appalling violence, and a swift restoration of democracy.”
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