Ankara worries about the 1st anniversary of the coup in Myanmar

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On the first anniversary of the military coup in Myanmar, the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed concern over the continuing dire situation in the Asian country.

The ministry issued a statement emphasizing that Turkey is against any type of coup or military intervention in principle.

“We are concerned that the situation in the country remains dire on the first anniversary of the February 1, 2021 military coup in Myanmar,” he said.

The takeover of the military on February 1, 2021, toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy party was set to begin a second five-year term after winning a landslide victory in November’s last year. The military said it acted because there was widespread voter fraud in the polls – an allegation that independent election monitors say lacks evidence.

Widespread non-violent protests followed the army’s initial takeover, but armed resistance erupted after protests were put down with lethal force. Around 1,500 civilians were killed but the government was unable to crush the insurgency, which some UN experts are now calling a civil war.

The statement released by Ankara calls for taking the necessary steps to restore democracy to ensure peace and stability in the country and to end violence against civilians. “We reiterate our expectation that efforts to improve the situation of Rohingya Muslims living in difficult conditions in Myanmar will continue and bring a permanent solution to the Rohingya problem,” the statement continued.

The Rohingya, described as the most persecuted people in the world by the UN, have faced heightened fears of attacks since dozens of people were killed in communal violence in 2012.

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar and entered Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017. bringing the number of persecuted people in Bangladesh to over 1.2 million.

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