US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Monday met with representatives of the Government of Myanmar’s National Unity (NUG) set up by opponents of the military rule, the White House said late Monday.
During the virtual meeting, Sullivan reaffirmed US support for the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar and discussed ongoing efforts to restore the country’s path to democracy with NUG representatives Duwa Lashi and Zin Mar Aung, the White House said in a statement.
According to the White House, Sullivan expressed concern over the violence by the military and said, “The United States will continue to push for accountability for the coup.”
Protests and unrest have crippled Myanmar since the February 1 coup, with the military accused of using excessive force and violence against civilians. The junta blamed the riots on “terrorists” allied with the shadow government.
Recognizing Myanmar’s junta as the country’s government will not stop the violence from escalating, said the UN special envoy to Myanmar who was due to end his previous post on Monday.
Sullivan expressed particular concern about the recent arrest of pro-democracy activist Ko Jimmy and said the US would continue to push for his release, according to the statement.
It added that Sullivan and the NUG officials also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar and ongoing US efforts to provide direct humanitarian assistance to the Myanmar people. [uh/ab]