Invited to a Dili forum, Aye Chan, a member of the junta’s press council and son of coup supporter ex-Admiral Soe Thane, said Myanmar media were ‘tools for terrorists’.
Major General Tun Myat Naing said junta cowards will only attack unarmed civilians in Rakhine State’s historic former capital.
Human Rights Watch has apologized for the letter, which addressed regime chief Min Aung Hlaing as “prime minister”.
Over 50 ancient temples in Bagan have suffered damage this year from heavy rain.
Conservationists have attacked the regime’s scheme to build a public recreation area alongside Mandalay’s most famous cultural site.