The Situation in Myanmar One Year since the Coup d’État (Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)
February 1, 2022
- As today marks one year since the coup d’état in Myanmar on February 1 last year, I express concern about the continued lack of action to improve the situation. Japan takes this opportunity to once again strongly urge the Myanmar military to take concrete actions to (1) immediately stop the violence, (2) release those who are detained, and (3) swiftly restore Myanmar’s democratic political system.
- I strongly condemn the situation in Myanmar where the use of violence is causing a large number of deaths, despite repeated calls for restraint by the international community. I offer my heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their lives over the past year as a result of such violence. Japan urges restraint of violence and a peaceful solution, in order to restore peace and stability in Myanmar.
- Japan will continue to work closely with the international community including ASEAN, and make utmost efforts to improve the situation in Myanmar, so as to ensure the steady implementation of ASEAN’s “Five-Point Consensus,” such as the dispatch of ASEAN Chair’s Special Envoy and the start of a dialogue among all stakeholders, including pro-democracy groups.
- Amid the ongoing difficult conditions, humanitarian support for the people of Myanmar is an urgent challenge. Japan will continue to actively provide humanitarian support and pay close attention to the needs of the people of Myanmar, who are facing difficult circumstances. To that end, Japan once again urges the Myanmar military to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access, so as to ensure that humanitarian support reaches those in need.