EU agree to punish Myanmar military
Blaming the Myanmar military for its ‘disproportionate use of force’, the European Union reach consensus with an agreement to punish the military, reports news agency AFP on Wednesday.
The agreement was approved by EU ambassadors and is set to be signed off at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday.
The agreement seen by AFP said “in the light of the disproportionate use of force carried out by the security forces, the EU and its member states will suspend invitations to the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar/Burma armed forces and senior military officers and review all practical defence cooperation.”
The body in agreement calls upon all sides to end violence immediately.
The rapid flight of so many people “strongly indicates a deliberate action to expel a minority,” EU agreement said.
The EU currently bans the export of arms and equipment that can be used for “internal repression”, but said it “may consider additional measures” if the crisis does not improve.
The influx of refugees into poor and overpopulated Bangladesh slowed in recent weeks but appears to have picked up again, with an estimated 11,000 new arrivals on Monday.