Britain admits that Myanmar’s London ambassador has been dismissed after being locked out of the embassy for accusing Aung San Suu Kyi of a military coup.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab was announced this morning by Ambassador Cau Zwar Min Evicted from the country’s Mayfair diplomatic mission Wednesday night.
“I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage. Britain continues to seek the end of coups and horrific violence, and the swift recovery of democracy,” he said.
However, the Foreign, Commonwealth Office said it was obliged to accept the move after receiving a formal diplomatic notice of Kyo Zwar Min’s dismissal from Myanmar authorities.
An FCDO spokesman said in a communication with Myanmar authorities last night that Britain must receive a formal notice of the termination of its ambassadorial status through appropriate diplomatic channels.
“Since then, it has been accepted, and therefore the decision made by the Myanmar government regarding Kyo Zwar Min’s position must be accepted.”
Kyaw Zwar Minn is a former Colonel of the Myanmar Army who has been an ambassador since 2014.
He openly broke up with Myanmar’s military authorities when he issued a condemnation statement last month. February 1st coup Call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.
He also met Mr. Raab, who publicly praised his courage for taking such a position.
Following his statement, Myanmar’s state-run broadcaster said he had been recalled as an ambassador for issuing an unauthorized declaration.
He found himself stuck on a pavement outside the embassy after staff refused to return on Wednesday night.
He told the telegraph: They are from the Myanmar army.
“They refuse to let me in. They said they were instructed by the capital, so I’m not going to let me in.
“This is a coup. This is the UK. We are in Burma, not Myanmar. They cannot do this. The UK government does not allow this, you will see it.”
According to unconfirmed reports, Deputy Ambassador Chitwin and military attachés of the country ruled the embassy, shut out the ambassador, and Chitwin was appointed as the new de facto head of the state’s delegation.
A British diplomat told his Burmese counterpart that he would only accept his dismissal if he received formal notice via a diplomatic channel.
The notification arrived by Thursday morning. British authorities are in contact with the newly appointed Chargé d’Affaires.
Myanmar has not yet announced a replacement ambassador.
The UK Government cannot prevent the appointment of Chargé d’Affaires as Chargé d’Affaires, a diplomatic term for Chargé d’Affaires in the absence of a Chargé d’Affaires.
However, if a new ambassador is proposed, it may hinder its appointment. Like many countries, Britain claims to allow only states, not governments.
The formula is intended to enable the practical need to continue diplomatic contact with governments that have illegally seized power without giving them a sense of legitimacy.