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(NEW ZEALAND) JUST IN: PM Jacinda Arden In Statement says country is suspending all high-level contact with #Myanmar and imposing a travel ban on its military leaders following last week’s coup #AceNewsDesk report

#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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Jacinda Ardern standing at a lectern before a New Zealand flag
Jacinda Ardern says Wellington is delivering a “strong message” to Myanmar’s military leaders.(AP: Mark Mitchell)

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

A white truck marked "Poilce" sprays water at a crowd of people.
Police in Myanmar’s capital Naypiyidaw fire a water cannon at protesters.(AP)

Australia warned Myanmar’s military against staging a coup when tensions were escalating last month.

However, Canberra has stopped short of imposing new targeted sanctions on Myanmar’s top generals.

But there are now calls from human rights groups for it to take action.

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.

Min Aung Hlaing in military dress uniform shaking hands with a smiling Aung San Suu Kyi
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (left) meets with ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2015.(Reuters: Soe Zeya Tun)

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