After denouncing an “intimidation” following the takeover of the Burmese embassy in London by the junta in power since the military coup, British diplomacy said “accept the decision taken by the Burmese government”.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced on April 8 that he had been notified by the Burmese authorities of the end of the mandate of the Burmese ambassador to the United Kingdom, ousted from his representation by relatives of the junta.
The UK must therefore accept the decision of the Burmese government on the ouster of Kyaw Zwar Minn, the name of his replacement has not been announced, the ministry said, stressing that the UK’s long-standing position was to recognize states, not governments.
We condemn the intimidating actions of the Burma military regime in London yesterday
Diplomats close to the junta seized the embassy in central London the day before and denied access to Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn, Aung San Suu Kyi’s backer.
The ambassador spent the night in his car
After waiting in vain in front of the door of the representation, he spent the night in his car, the rear window of which displayed a large photo of the head of the civilian government, overthrown by a military coup on February 1.
We condemn the bullying actions of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday, and I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage. The UK continues to call for an end to the coup and the appalling violence, and a swift restoration of democracy
– Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) April 8, 2021
“We condemn the intimidation of the Burma military regime in London yesterday,” British foreign minister Dominic Raab said in a message posted on Twitter. Hailing the Burmese ambassador for “his courage”, he reiterated his call for an end to the “appalling violence” in Burma and for “a rapid restoration of democracy” in the country.
The Burmese ambassador accused a military figure close to the junta of “occupying” his embassy, denouncing “a kind of coup”. Asked about the identity of those who were inside the building while he was stationed outside, Ambassador Kyaw Zwar Minn replied to AFP: “the military attaché, they are occupying my embassy”.
According to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), some 600 civilians have been killed since the coup. The UK has 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.