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U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Menendez calls for U.S. sanctions against Myanmar after military coup

By David Wildstein, January 31 2021 10:55 pm

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who is about to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tonight condemned the detention of Myanmar head of state Daw Aung San Suu Kyi after a military coup on Sunday.

“The launch of another coup would be a tragedy for the people of Burma after a decade of work to establish a civilian-led democratic government,” Menendez said.  “The Tatmadaw, who are guilty of genocide against the Rohingya and of a sustained campaign of violence against Burma’s ethnic minorities, must immediately free the democratic leaders of Myanmar and remove themselves from government.”

Menendez said that if the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar armed forces, do not release government officials being held, the U.S. and other nations “should impose strict economic sanctions, as well as other measures, against the Tatmadaw and the military leadership of Burma.:

“I look forward to working with President Biden and Senators Schumer and McConnell to take immediate action and stand with the people of Burma in the face of military oppression,” Menendez said.

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