Soe Min Htaik
The statement of Larry Jagan, a specialist on Myanmar and a former BBC World Service News editor for the region, on the army chief’s coup threat expressed in Bangkok Post went totally wrong, said Director-General Zaw Htay of the Ministry of State Counsellor Office.
The remarks of the Director-General came from the journalists’ questions before sector-wise work committee meeting of the Union Peace Conference also known as the 21st Century Panglong Conference held at Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw on June 27.
Larry Jagan’s article in Bangkok Post said that there was a confrontation between the two leaders during a top-level security meeting. Present on the occasion were the president, the state counseller, the commander-in-chief of defence services and the deputy commander-in-chief and two vice-presidents. The military chief angrily reacted to threaten coup there. These phrases Larry Jagan mentioned are totally wrong. This is because this meeting has issued the statement. At the top-level security meeting, all the leaders held cordial and frank discussions about international relations, formation of National Commission of Inquiry and security measures at the border and in Rakhine State. Larry Jagan’s remarks in his article stated in Bangkok Post are totally wrong, said Director-General Zaw Htay.
A State-level meeting on national security and international relations as well as Rakhine issue was held at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on June 8.
During the meeting, the Tatmadaw also accepted the proposal to form the national commission of inquiry with foreign scholars, said Director-General Zaw Htay.
All the leaders have not been found discussing the matters in an angry manner at the meeting. They can hold comprehensive discussions. The meeting ended peacefully, said Director-General Zaw Htay.
Most of the people are worried about the spread of the article written by Larry Jagan in the international community. Especially, the EU imposed a sanction against Myanmar. Our stance on the EU’s sanction is clear. The EU’ sanction against Myanmar doesn’t hurt socio-economic life of the people, national reconciliation and peace process as well as our democratic transition, said Director-General Zaw Htay.
Larry Jagan wrote an article “UN envoy averts possible military coup in Myanmar” for Bangkok Post.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut