For now, thoughts and prayers is about all the G7 Ministers’ can offer to the people Myanmar
In a joint statement from the G7 nations condemning the illegal coup of Myanmar’s democratically elected government and detention of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, there is still remains many uncertainty as to how and what they are willing to do to help the situation.
While many of the G8 nations are focused on keeping their citizens safe and coordinate vaccine roll outs, the others such as Italy and the US are in the middle of a constitutional crisis. In previous years outside countries could look to the G7 members for institutional and military support, but for now all they can offer are thoughts and prayers and really really “strong words of condemnations.”
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning the coup in Myanmar.
“We are deeply concerned by the detention of political leaders and civil society activists, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, and targeting of the media. We call upon the military to immediately end the state of emergency, restore power to the democratically-elected government, to release all those unjustly detained and to respect human rights and the rule of law. The November election results must be respected and Parliament should be convened at the earliest opportunity.
“The military’s restrictions on information flows are deeply concerning. Civilians, including civil society and the media, must not be subject to reprisals in any form. We also call for unrestricted humanitarian access to support the most vulnerable.
“G7 Foreign Ministers recall their 2019 communique in which we restated our commitment to Myanmar’s democratic transition, peace and accountability for human rights violations and abuses.
“We stand with the people of Myanmar who want to see a democratic future.”