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Myanmar junta accuses US of seeking its replacement by a puppet regime

Myanmar junta accuses US of seeking its replacement by a puppet regime

Myanmar's military regime has accused the United States of consorting with terrorists in order to replace it with a puppet government, the state-run press reported Thursday.
Washington's recent unsuccessful attempt to have the U.N. Security Council agree to a resolution demanding faster democratic reforms in Myanmar was part of the effort to destabilize the country, said articles in the state-run press.
The United States is one of the strongest critics of the military government for its poor human rights record and failure to hand over power to a democratically-elected government. It maintains political and economic sanctions against the regime.
On Tuesday, President George W. Bush in his State of the Union address vowed the United States' continued support for "the cause of freedom" in Myanmar, Cuba, and Belarus, countries his administration has labeled "outposts of tyranny."
"The most powerful neocolonialist country, for self-interest, is now organizing and encouraging its cohorts and lackey groups and resorting to all possible means in its attempt to make Myanmar one of its satellite countries and to install a puppet government in Myanmar that will dance to its tune," the New Light of Myanmar said.
The newspaper said after the U.N. resolution failed because of a joint veto by China and Russia, "internal and external destructive elements are conspiring a plot to continue to commit terrorist acts and destructive acts in complicity to cause unrest and mass demonstrations in Myanmar with the intention of making an excuse to take action against Myanmar in an alternative way."
The newspaper said it had information that exiled opposition groups such as the All Burma Students Democratic Front and other groups met in Bangkok, Thailand and at refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border to organize terrorist acts, conduct explosive courses and had sent "two highly explosive remote-control mines" to saboteur inside Myanmar.
The students' front and all mainstream opposition organizations have repeatedly denied planning or carrying out terrorist acts.
The government warned the public to look out for terrorists and to inform the authorities of any suspicious activity, the newspaper reports said.
Myanmar has been under military rule since 1962, with the current junta coming into power after violently crushing widespread pro-democracy demonstrations in 1988.


Updated : 2021-06-21 08:12 GMT+08:00