Burmese ambassador to UK says junta kept away from diplomatic building

Published on : 07/04/2021 – 22:38

Burma’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, announced on Wednesday that he had been evicted from the building by his deputy at the junta’s request. The diplomat was one of the first to denounce the military coup in his country.

“It’s sort of a putsch, right in the middle of London.” The Burmese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, on Wednesday April 7 denounced the capture of the embassy by members of the Burmese junta in London.

“When I left the embassy, ​​they rushed inside and took it. They are from the Burmese army,” the diplomat said. from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. “They said they had received the instruction from the capital, and therefore they are not going to let me in,” he added. “They can’t do this. The UK government won’t allow it.”

One of the first diplomats to denounce the coup

Kyaw Zwar Minn was one of the first diplomats to disassociate himself from the military junta in recent weeks, notably calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“It’s a kind of putsch, right in the middle of London,” he denounced, adding that he was discussing the situation with the British Foreign Office.

Four diplomatic sources familiar with the matter said that Deputy Ambassador Chit Win had taken over as charge d’affaires and that he, along with an army representative, blocked access to the building in Kyaw Zwar Minn.

“We are entering a new phase on the international scene, where the military junta will try to be recognized as the legitimate regime of Burma in the face of a government in exile which is in the process of being set up”, analyzes France 24 David Camroux, specialist in South-East Asia and associate researcher at the CERI of Sciences Po. “It will be a question of seeing if this new ambassador is recognized.”


On Wednesday evening, a rally of the Burmese community in London was held in front of the embassy, ​​police said in a statement, adding that no arrests had taken place.

The UK has already sanctioned several junta officials, including army commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, for their role in the military coup, as well as military-linked conglomerates.

With AFP and Reuters

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