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India requests all sides in Myanmar to end violence and restore democracy


New Delhi: India on Thursday called for cessation of violence by all sides in Myanmar, days after Myanmarese military junta resorted to airstrikes in the country’s Sagaing region that killed over 100 people.

Myanmar’s military has been using airstrikes targeting its opponents and those carrying out armed struggle against the ruling regime that seized power in a coup in February 2021.

Townships where the military conducted airstrikes during three months of 2023.

At a media briefing, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi reiterated India’s all for a return of peace, stability, and democracy in Myanmar.

The airstrikes in Kanbalu township in the central Sagaing region on Tuesday is seen as one of the deadliest offensives after the military captured power overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“We have seen disturbing reports of violence on April 11 near Kanbalu township in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. As a neighbour and friend of people of Myanmar we have repeatedly called for cessation of violence by all sides and peaceful resolution of all issues,” he said.

“India reiterates its call for a return of peace, stability and democracy in Myanmar,” he said, while replying to a question on the air strikes.

According to reports, around 130 people including women and children were killed in the airstrikes in Kanbalu township in the central Sagaing region on Tuesday.

It is seen as one of the deadliest airstrikes since the junta seized power in a coup two years ago.

On February 1, 2021, the military grabbed power in the coup and imposed a state of emergency after detaining Nobel laureate Suu Kyi and other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD).

The country has been witnessing protests demanding restoration of democracy.

Myanmar is one of India’s strategic neighbors and it shares a 1,640-kilometre-long border with a number of northeastern states including militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ‘strongly condemns’ recent airstrikes in Myanmar which reportedly killed dozens of people, a statement published Thursday by Indonesia, the current ASEAN chair, read.

(With input from agencies)


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