Britain has said it is willing to offer shelter to Myanmar’s ambassador to London after he was ousted from his embassy by pro-junta diplomats.
Kyaw Zwar Minn met Nigel Adams, the minister for Asia, at the UK Foreign Office, after the envoy’s colleagues said they could no longer recognise him as ambassador because of the junta’s decision to terminate his posting.
“I pay tribute to his courage and patriotism. We will support him to ensure his safety and security in the United Kingdom,” Adams tweeted along with a photograph of the two men at their meeting.
Britain has condemned the actions of the embassy on Tuesday, after which Kyaw Zwar Minn was forced to sleep in his car overnight as anti-junta protesters gathered outside, watched by London police.
“Given the bullying behaviour towards Mr Minn, we are seeking to ensure he can live safely in the United Kingdom, while he decides his long-term future,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said. “We continue to call for an end to the coup in Myanmar and a swift restoration of democracy.”
Kyaw Zwar Minn had appealed for UK help, and said he feared for his safety if he was returned to Myanmar.
Asked whether thought he would be killed if he accedes to the military leadership’s demands that he returns, he said: “Who knows?”
Daily protests demanding a return of democracy after the military coup on 1 February have rocked Myanmar and brought a brutal response from the armed forces, with at least 614 civilians killed, according to a local monitoring group.
Kyaw Zwar Minn, a former colonel, had spoken out against the coup and expressed support for the ousted civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.