Jakarta. The foreign ministers of the world’s seven most advanced economies have condemned the coup in Myanmar and called for the military junta to return power to the democratically-elected government.
The seven countries grouping in the G7 also expressed concern over the detention of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint by the military.
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning the coup in Myanmar,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday.
“We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically-elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law. The November election results must be respected and Parliament should be convened at the earliest opportunity.”
The G7 is currently presided over by the UK, who is among the first foreign governments to condemn the coup in the Southeast Asian country.
On Tuesday, British junior foreign minister Nigel Adams told parliament that Myanmar military’s accusation of election fraud was totally baseless and that the coup threatens to “set Myanmar’s progress back by years, potentially decades”.
Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy have won the November election by a landslide and international observers such as the Carter Centre and the Asian Network for Free Elections found no evidence of significant irregularities in the elections, he said.
“Myanmar’s transition has been troubled; a constitution rigged in favor of the military, a campaign of atrocities and systematic discrimination against the Rohingya and other minorities, and a faltering peace process,” Adams told parliament according to the transcript provided by the British Embassy in Jakarta.
He said the UK already had a number of measures in place in response to Myanmar military’s past and ongoing atrocities, including the suspension of all defense engagement and training with the Myanmar military.
“The UK has also already imposed sanctions on 16 individuals responsible for human rights violations in Myanmar. We sanctioned all six individuals named by the UN Fact Finding Mission report, including the Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy. The Commander-in-Chief and his Deputy are the architects of the current political situation,” he said.