Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that the alleged plot in New York against U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, an opponent of the ruling junta, has nothing to do with the country and is an internal U.S. matter.
This was the military government’s first statement since the arrest of two Myanmar citizens in connection with the alleged plot. It rejected condemning comments by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
“This event is an internal matter in the United States. It should be decided in the United States under U.S. law. It has nothing to do with Myanmar,” the statement read on state-run MRTV said.
Reuters could not reach a junta spokesman for further reaction to the alleged plot.
Two Myanmar nationals were arrested in New York state for conspiring with a Thai arms dealer who sells weapons to the Burmese military to kill or wound Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, U.S. authorities said Friday.
Thomas-Greenfield said Saturday that the plot fits into a “disturbing pattern” of authoritarian leaders and their supporters trying to target opponents around the world. She said the United States stood in solidarity with Cho Mo Tun and praised him for his “amazing courage and bravery.”
“Myanmar strongly rejects the statement by U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield,” the foreign ministry said.
It added that Kyaw Moe Tun has been dismissed as Myanmar’s ambassador to the U.N. and now faces an arrest warrant for treason because he has spoken out in support of an underground national unity government.
Despite the junta’s protests, Kyaw Moe Tun continues to serve at the UN, representing the elected civilian government that was overthrown by the military in February.