Also this week, the regime revived a failed method for reining in gold prices and—with online propaganda channels getting harder to find—unveiled a homegrown ‘YouTube’.
The regime said it would mirror Australia’s decision to replace its ambassador to Myanmar with a chargé d’affaires.
Ex-US envoy Scot Marciel argues that the military has left no room for real negotiation; he also says Bangkok and Washington should cooperate to help refugees.
Also this week, the regime’s diplomatic spat with the UK escalated and Min Aung Hlaing resorted to old clichés about ‘foreign interference’
A diplomatic spat that erupted after London downgraded its ambassador-designate to chargé d'affaires has seen him refused permission by the junta to return to Yangon.
In the past week, regime troops rammed and killed protesters with a vehicle, the coup leader engaged in a series of PR moves, and the UN continued to frustrate the junta.
The resolution formally keeps U Kyaw Moe Tun, who is loyal to the ousted NLD and the shadow civilian government, in place as the country’s envoy to the UN for now.
The UN will continue to recognize NLD appointee U Kyaw Moe Tun—an opponent of the junta—after delaying its decision on the regime’s competing claim.
The ex-US diplomat’s friendship with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi soured in 2018, but he is one of the few figures with ties on both the military and democratic sides in Myanmar.