London, United Kingdom:
Britain has said it is ready to offer shelter to Myanmar’s ambassador to London after his eviction from its embassy by pro-junta diplomats.
Kyaw Zwar Minn met with UK Foreign Secretary for Asia Nigel Adams on Thursday after his hosts said they could no longer recognize him as ambassador, in line with the junta’s decision to end his post.
“I pay tribute to his courage and patriotism. We will support him to ensure his safety and security in the UK,” Adams said in a tweet above a photo of the two men looking grim during their meeting.
Britain said it condemned the envoy’s embassy ban on Tuesday, after which he was forced to sleep in his car overnight as anti-junta protesters gathered at the exterior, monitored by London police.
“Given the bullying behavior towards Mr Minn, we are looking to ensure that he can live safely in the UK, while he decides his long-term future,” said a spokesperson. word of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We continue to call for an end to the coup in Myanmar and a swift restoration of democracy.”
Kyaw Zwar Minn had appealed to the UK for help and raised the possibility that he would die if returned to Myanmar.
When asked if he thought he would be killed if he acceded to requests from the military leadership to return, he replied, “Who knows?”
Daily protests demanding a return to democracy following the February military coup rocked Myanmar and brought a brutal response from the armed forces, with at least 614 civilians killed according to a local watch group.
Kyaw Zwar Minn, a 30-year-old former colonel in the military, spoke out against the coup and expressed support for the ousted civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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