Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
Zwar Minn’s post was ‘coup’ by the Myanmar military for supporting the civilian government that was overthrown in a coup on February 1.
A British government source said London had no other choice but to agree to the Myanmar military junta’s decision on Zwar Minn as it was in line with diplomatic policy.
British officials say Myanmar authorities have given official notice of Zwar Minn’s termination of employment as ambassador.
Even so, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab expressed his support for Zwar Minn.
“We condemn the intimidation of the Myanmar military regime in London yesterday, and I pay tribute to Kyaw Zwar Minn for his courage,” Raab wrote on Twitter.
“Britain continues to call for an end to coups and horrific violence and a speedy restoration of democracy,” he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Myanmar military junta, Zaw Min Tun, confirmed that the Myanmar Foreign Ministry had contacted London regarding this incident.
“We have sent an official letter of appointment for Chit Win as head of the mission there. They (Britain) have received it,” Min Tun was quoted as saying AFP.
The ‘coup’ at the Myanmar embassy in London occurred when Zwar Minn said he was locked from outside his office so that he could not enter the embassy building.
Zwar Minn suspected that the occupation of the embassy was the order of the Myanmar military junta.
Four diplomatic sources with knowledge of the matter said deputy ambassador Chit Win had taken over the embassy.
In a letter to the British Foreign Ministry, the Myanmar military junta appointed Deputy Ambassador Chit Win to be the power of attorney starting Wednesday (7/4) yesterday.
Zwar Minn is one of Myanmar’s diplomats who opposed the military junta. He has even severed ties with the ruling junta in the last two months.
“It’s kind of a coup, in the middle of London. You can see that they are occupying my building,” he said.
Zwar Minn has called on the international community to help restore democracy in Myanmar. He also urged Britain not to recognize Chit Win as the Myanmar ambassador in London.
(rds / dea)