#AceNewsReport – Feb.10: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Tuesday that Wellington would deliver a “strong message” by ensuring its aid program would not include projects that would be of any benefit to Myanmar’s military government:
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In a separate statement, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said New Zealand did not recognise the legitimacy of the military-led government: She called on the military to immediately release all detained political leaders and restore civilian rule: Ms Mahuta said the New Zealand Government had also agreed to implement a travel ban on Myanmar’s military leaders, which would be formalised in the coming week.
Calls on Australia to impose new sanctions
However, Canberra has stopped short of imposing new targeted sanctions on Myanmar’s top generals.
Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has vowed to hold a new election and hand power to the winner.
But is has failed to dampen protests against the coup, with people defying bans on large gatherings to extend the largest demonstrations in more than a decade.
The February 1 coup and detention of elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has prompted four straight days of protests across the South-East Asian country of 53 million and a growing civil disobedience movement affecting hospitals, schools and government offices.
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