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NUG’s Foreign Minister Aung and President Horta discuss current situation in Myanmar

NUG’s Foreign Minister Aung and President Horta discuss current situation in Myanmar

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DILI, 19 june 2024 (TATOLI) – On tuesday, Zin Mar Aung, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar met with the President of the Republic, Jose Ramos Horta to discuss the cooperation and the current situation in Myanmar.

“Every time we met President Horta, he was very supportive. We thank President Horta and Timor-Leste for advocating on behalf of the people of Myanmar and our revolution,” said Minister Aung after meeting the Head of State at the Presidential Palace in Dili.

In a press conference after the meeting with the Head of State, Minister Aung continues to call for economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure to end the power of Myanmar’s military junta in order to restore democracy in that ASEAN country.

During the meeting, Aung briefed President Horta about the progress made by the rebel army in conquering more areas on the ground.

“Compared to last year, our controlled areas are widening. As a responsible government, we also have to provide humanitarian assistance in the newly established control areas. This is what is happening on the ground, while we work on state-building system change for the future,” Aung explained.

She said that her government has always tried to provide public services so that the people of Myanmar can live a normal daily life, saying that one of the main challenges facing the NUG and the population is indiscriminate aerial attacks”.

President Horta is committed to assisting the NUG, especially in advocating for the strengthening of its diplomatic coverage around the world.

At the same time, the NUG Minister of Health and Minister of Education, Zaw Wai Soe, said that his government is committed to strengthening bilateral relations with East Timor in the education and health sectors.

“It’s an honor for us and for me to be here in the presidential palace and also to be in Timor. We discussed with President Horta about health, education and our revolution in the liberated areas and also about providing services to the people. We are looking for collaboration between the two countries in the areas of health and education,” he said.

“This is an honor for us and for me to be here in the Presidential palace and also to be in Timor. We have discussed with President Horta about health, education, and our revolution in the liberated areas and also giving the service to the people. We are looking for collaboration between the two countries in health and education,” he said.

Last year, Myanmar’s military-installed government expelled Timor-Leste’s Chargé d’Affaires in retaliation for supporting the NUG.

Following the Myanmar rulers’ orders to expel the Timorese diplomat, the Government of Timor-Leste immediately urged its Chargé d’Affaires, Avelino Fernandes Ximenes Pereira, to leave the country.

In response to Pereira’s expulsion, the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta, proudly reiterated Timor-Leste’s position to defend human rights and condemn the crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar’s rulers.

Timor-Leste, in line with the positions taken by ASEAN and the United Nations, reiterates the importance of supporting all efforts for the return of democratic order in Myanmar and expresses its solidarity with the Myanmar people while urging the military Junta to respect human rights and seek a peaceful and constructive solution to the crisis.

Myanmar is one of the ASEAN countries still struggling for democracy and freedom of expression and movement.

The freedom of movement was highly restricted in Myanmar and those traveling outside their designated townships faced arrest and imprisonment for “illegal movement.”

The National Unity Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a Myanmar government in exile formed by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), a group of elected lawmakers and members of parliament ousted in the 2021 Myanmar coup d’etat.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins 

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