Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu met online with his counterpart from 5 countries that are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) through which the Mekong River passes.
During the meeting, Motegi called on the Myanmar army to restore the democratic system in the country, and demanded the release of many officials, especially Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the country detained by the Myanmar army and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Japan is worried
Motegi expressed his country’s concerns over the military’s ruling that the November 2020 general election, when the ruling party took office, was invalid.
Minister Motegi requested the facilitation of the dialogue process between the parties to be carried out by the Myanmar Special Representative appointed by ASEAN to bring a solution to the political crisis.
ASEAN member Mekong countries include Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.
military coup in Myanmar
The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, after allegations of fraud were made in the November 8, 2020 elections and political tensions rose in the country.
The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
946 people lost their lives as a result of the intervention of the Myanmar army against the coup opponents. While demonstrations with large participation continue in the country, the trial of high-ranking government officials in custody continues in military courts.