President Joe Biden speaks about his administration’s response to the coup in Myanmar in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky | AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
American President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order to sanction all those military personnel who are involved in the military coup of Myanmar, he demanded the country’s generals to give up power and free the civilian leaders, Reuters reported.
Biden ordered, “to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members”.
Washington take steps to prevent the generals in Myanmar, from accessing $1 billion in funds held in the United States.
Reuters quoted President Biden “We’re also going to impose strong exports controls. We’re freezing US assets that benefit the Burmese government while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly,” he added, “We’ll be ready to impose additional measures, and we’ll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts”.
The Feb first coup and detention of Myanmar’s political figures including Aung San Suu Kyi, presented Biden with his first major international crisis, and tests his dual pledges to re-center human rights in foreign policy and work closely with allied, according to Reuters.
“I again call on the Burmese military to immediately release the democratic political leaders and activists,” he said, “The military must relinquish the power it’s seized”.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington, ” We can impose substantial costs ourselves. We can impose even steeper costs… by working with our like-minded partners and allies,”.
February 1st, 2021 in a military coup in Myanmar against the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, she was detained along with Myanmar’s President Win Myint along with other senior officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party.
In a statement on a military-owned TV channel, the Myanmar army said it had carried out the coup and detained these political figures in response to “election fraud”, Reuters reported.
The power has currently been transferred to military chief Min Aung Hlaing, and a year of state emergency is imposed, according to Reuters.
Communications were blocked into the capital Naypyitaw and commercial center Yangon, state television channel went off the air before parliament was due to sit after NLD’s election success in November 2020.