| 24 June 2024, Monday |

East Timor condemns Myanmar’s expulsion of top diplomat

Myanmar’s military administration has ordered East Timor’s senior diplomat to leave the country, according to the East Timor government, which has been a loud critic of Myanmar’s leadership.

Myanmar’s government, which took power in a coup in 2021, has made no declaration on the topic, and a representative was unavailable for comment.

East Timor’s government “reiterates the importance of supporting all efforts for the return of democratic order in Myanmar and expresses its solidarity with the people of Myanmar, while urging the Military Junta to respect human rights and seek a peaceful and constructive solution to the crisis,” it said late Saturday.

East Timor politicians have been outspoken critics of Myanmar’s military government and President Jose Ramos-Horta has met with a top representative from Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG), which opposes military rule.

The country’s charge d’affaires must leave Myanmar by Sept. 1, NUG human rights minister Aung Myo Min said on Facebook.

In protest against the 2021 coup, many countries have charges d’affaires in Myanmar instead of ambassadors. Still, the ruling military rarely expels or refuses diplomats.

The Southeast Asian country has been racked by violence and economic turmoil since the military seized power and launched a violent crackdown on opponents, some of whom fled overseas to form a government-in-exile.

  • Reuters