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Newsline: UK Urges Ex-Myanmar Ambassador To Leave London Home Citing Junta ‘Pressure’

Britain has urged Myanmar’s former ambassador to leave the official London residence where he has continued to live since he was ousted for criticising last year’s military coup, citing pressure from the junta, according to emails seen by Reuters. Kyaw Zwar Minn was locked out of his embassy last April by his own staff after calling for the release of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detained alongside most of her government in the Feb. 1 coup. The coup sparked international outrage, sanctions against Myanmar’s military, including from Britain, and a mass uprising in which hundreds have been killed. Since his ouster, Kyaw Zwar Minn has stayed at the northwest London residence, a mansion surrounded by razor wire and CCTV cameras, refusing to hand it back to the embassy which he says is now run by representatives of an illegitimate government. “We are under considerable pressure from the military regime to resolve the issue of your continued presence in the Myanmar Residence,” a senior foreign office official said in an email sent to Kyaw Zwar Minn. (https://www.ibtimes.com/exclusive-uk-urges-ex-myanmar-ambassador-leave-london-home-citing-junta-pressure-3432152) The correspondence, which dates back to October last year, repeatedly urges Kyaw Zwar Minn to leave the house, saying his presence there poses legal problems for Britain and risks to its staff in Myanmar.

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