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Foreign ministers from the G7 nations have condemned the “intimidation and oppression” of protesters in Myanmar following the country’s military coup.
The group, which includes Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and counterparts from countries including the US, France and Germany, warned that anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence “must be held to account”.
The move follows clashes in which two protesters were shot dead over the weekend.
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G7 Foreign Ministers are clear in our condemnation of the coup inand the violent response unleashed on peaceful protesters.
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— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab)
Protests against the junta continued on Tuesday and the G7 foreign ministers called for the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint” and respect human rights.
The UK holds the presidency of the G7, which also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, plus the European Union.
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The joint statement said: “Use of live ammunition against unarmed people is unacceptable. Anyone responding to peaceful protests with violence must be held to account.
“We condemn the intimidation and oppression of those opposing the coup.
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“We raise our concern at the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech.
“The systematic targeting of protesters, doctors, civil society and journalists must stop and the state of emergency must be revoked.”
The G7 again called for the release of Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint.
Today I summonedAmbassador, Kyaw Zwar Minn, to the for the second time this month.The increasing use of violence & force against protesters by the security forces is completely reprehensible & must stop.
— Nigel Adams (@nadams)
On Monday, Myanmar’s ambassador to the UK was summoned to the Foreign Office for the second time this month.
Minister for Asia Nigel Adams told Kyaw Zwar Minn that the use of force against protesters is “completely reprehensible and must stop”.
UK calls for UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar following deadly crackdown .
Britain has requested a new United Nations Security Council meeting on coup-hit Myanmar for Friday, diplomatic sources told AFP on Tuesday, as security forces have stepped up their use of violence against demonstrators in the Southeast Asian nation. The meeting would be behind closed doors at 1500 GMT, according to London's proposal, the same sources said, as were the Council's discussions a day after the military's February 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The Security Council subsequently voiced "deep concern" over the coup, and called in a draft statement for the "release of all detainees" including Suu Kyi.