Japan Could Freeze All Myanmar Aid, Foreign Minister Warns
Umer Jamshaid 23 days ago Fri 21st May 2021 | 08:10 AM
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st May, 2021 ) :Tokyo could freeze all aid to Myanmar, Japan's foreign minister warned in an interview published Friday, as the military junta continues to use lethal force against opponents of its coup.
But Toshimitsu Motegi, speaking to the Nikkei newspaper, said the freeze could be expanded.
"We don't want to do that at all, but we have to state firmly that it will be difficult to continue under these circumstances," he told the newspaper.
"As a country that supported Myanmar's democratisation in various ways, and as a friend, we must represent the international community and convey that clearly." Japan announced in March it was halting all new aid to impoverished Myanmar in response to the coup, though it has not imposed the individual sanctions on military and police commanders implemented by some other countries.
A Japanese journalist arrested covering the aftermath of the coup was released last week and returned to Tokyo.
Tokyo has called for Suu Kyi's release and the restoration of democracy.
Motegi told the Nikkei that Tokyo was continuing to hold dialogue with the junta.