Myanmar's foreign ministry condemns the joint statement released by the US and six other countries

YANGON, Nov 28 (Eleven Media Group/ANN): Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has raised strong objections to the ‘biased’ joint statement released by the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, and Great Britain.

The seven countries released a joint statement on Friday (Nov 26) expressing concern over a military offensive in Myanmar that they say is disproportionately harming civilians.

"We are concerned about allegations of weapons stockpiling and attacks by the military, including shelling and air strikes, use of heavy weapons, and the deployment of thousands of troops accompanying what security forces assert are counter-terrorism operations, which are disproportionately impacting civilians," said the seven countries.

The seven nations also called for countries to "suspend all operational support to the military, and to cease the transfer of arms, materiel, dual-use equipment, and technical assistance to the military and its representatives."

Washington and other nations also have repeatedly denounced a Feb 1 coup that threw the South-East Asian country into turmoil, with regional militias taking up arms after the military attempted to crush widespread protests.

In their joint statement, the nations also expressed their "grave concern" over reports of abuses, including sexual violence and torture, especially in the northwestern area that comprises Chin State and the regions of Sagaing and Magwe, where at least 50,000 people are reported to have been displaced.

They called for the junta, which has been accused of destroying homes and churches, to immediately end the violence.

In response to this joint statement, Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on Saturday (Nov 26) claiming that the joint statement “contained sweeping and groundless accusations against the Tatmadaw such as human rights violations and the disproportionate use of force.”

The statement also says that the facts expressed in the joint statement are “biased” and based on “allegations emanating from groups who are committing terrorist acts or opposing the Government.”

The failure to condemn and call for cessation of the “terrorist activities by those terrorist groups clearly demonstrates that the joint statement is one-sided and biased one,” the statement adds. - Eleven Media Group/ANN

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