New Zealand suspends all high-level contacts and ties with Myanmar. At the same time, New Zealand going to impose travel ban on the country’s military leadership. The news agency Reuters reported this information.
New Zealand is taking these steps in the wake of last week’s military coup in Myanmar.
“Our strong message is that we will do what we can from New Zealand,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Tuesday. One of the things we will do is postpone the high-level talks.
Jacinda Ardern announced that she would ensure that the Myanmar military didn’t benefit in any way from the New Zealand aid project. “We will make sure that the funding we are giving to Myanmar does not in any way support the country’s military rule,” he said.
The financial value of New Zealand’s aid project in Myanmar from 2018 to 2021 is about $30 million.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has issued a separate statement on Myanmar. She says New Zealand does not legitimize Myanmar’s military-led government. New Zealand is calling for the immediate release of political leaders detained in Myanmar.
At the same time, New Zealand is calling for the restoration of civilian rule in Myanmar.
Nanaia Mahuta said the New Zealand government had agreed to impose a travel ban on Myanmar’s military leaders. The outline of the ban will be finalized next week.
On the morning of February 1, an army coup took place in Myanmar. The military, led by Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing, overthrew the country’s elected government and seized power. The military has declared a state of emergency in the country for a year.
Thousands of Myanmar people have been protesting for four days against a military coup. The international community is condemning the military coup in Myanmar. They are increasing pressure on Myanmar’s military authorities to release political leaders and restore democracy.