EU continues to mull response after US sanctions Myanmar following navy coup

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The United States has imposed sanctions on Myanmar leaders following a coup earlier this month that toppled the democratically elected authorities led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Biden administration has introduced. 

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday permitted an government order for brand spanking new sanctions on these accountable for the coup, whereas in an announcement issued on Thursday, the US Treasury Department mentioned it had frozen all US-based property of 10 present and retired top-ranking people.

“These sanctions specifically target those who played a leading role in the overthrow of Burma’s democratically elected government. The sanctions are not directed at the people of Burma,” the assertion reads.

Biden has referred to as the coup “a direct assault on Burma’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.”

Myanmar’s navy seized energy and declared a state of emergency for one yr on February 1. The EU condemned “in the strongest terms” the navy coup, stating that “it is an unacceptable attempt to forcibly overturn the will of the people of Myanmar.”

“We also call upon them to immediately end the state of emergency, restore the civilian government, to open the newly-elected Parliament, and to proceed with the subsequent appointments of the President, Vice-Presidents and of the new government,” reads an announcement by the Union’s External Action Service (EEAS). 

On Thursday, MEPs referred to as on Europe’s leaders to sanction Myanmar’s navy management, by issuing a non-binding decision urging the restoration of civilian rule, whereas the bloc’s high diplomat, Josep Borrell, mentioned that extra sanctions on people and on companies owned by the navy have been on the desk.