Myanmar junta can’t beat rebels, should restore democracy
© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A parade of the army in Naypyitaw on Armed Forces Day (March 27, 2021) was presiding over by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing from Myanmar. He ousted the elected government through a coup. REUTERS/Stringer
BANGKOK (Reuters] – Myanmar’s junta will not be able to defeat the rebels it is trying to overthrow and must restore democracy, a senior U.S. diplomat has said.
Derek Chollet (State Department Counsellor) stated that it was difficult to imagine how the government could win today. “They are losing territory. “They are losing territory.
Chollet spoke to Reuters in Bangkok and to another reporter on Friday. He stated that the military government was becoming more isolated internationally than at home. It should be ended and democracy restored.
The elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was defeated by the junta in February 2021. They have since used force and massive arrests to crush protests.
In response to a request by an alliance lightly-armed rebels calling for a people’s rebellion, civilians took up arms and fought police officers and soldiers. The alliance has been declared terrorist by the junta.
An official for the military declined to answer phone calls on Sunday regarding Chollet’s comments.
For the continuation of a last-month’s meeting of the United States with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN), the diplomat will visit Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Brunei.
Chollet explained that Washington will not only impose sanctions but also work with ASEAN, countries like Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia to discuss Myanmar.
He expressed optimism that China might also play a role in the solutions to Myanmar.