The United States is concerned about the situation in Myanmar and threatens consequences for those who have arrested civilian leaders in the country, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“The United States is concerned about reports that the Burmese military has taken steps to undermine the democratic transfer of power, including reports of the arrest of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials in Burma,” Psaki said, using Myanmar’s old name.
Earlier, Reuters, citing a representative of the ruling party, reported that Myanmar’s state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto head of government, and the country’s president Win Myint, were detained by unknown persons. A party member told the Xinhua news agency, party representatives in the regions, and some detained local officials. Reuters also reported that troops were stationed around the city hall of the major city of Yangon.
According to Psaki, US President Joe Biden was informed about the situation.
“We continue to support Burma’s democratic institutions firmly, and in coordination with regional partners, we call on the military and all other parties to adhere to democratic norms and the rule of law and to release the detainees today,” she said.
“The United States opposes any attempt to change the outcome of the recent elections or prevent the democratic transfer of power in Myanmar, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed,” Psaki said.