The announcement on Friday of the imminent execution of two Burmese political opponents was “condemned” on Saturday as “an abject decision” by the Quai d’Orsay, which denounced “the policy of terror implemented by the illegitimate military regime” .
In response, the Burmese Foreign Ministry expressed “its greatest indignation and strong protest”. “Totally unacceptable, this statement could have negative effects on bilateral relations,” he added in a statement.
The junta resulting from the February 2021 coup has decided to execute two political opponents sentenced to death for “terrorism”, Phyo Zeya Thaw, former deputy of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, and Kyaw Min Yu known as Ko Jimmy , pro-democracy activist.
If she condemned to death dozens of activists who mobilized against the coup, these judicial executions would be the first in the country since 1990. No date has yet been announced.
The announcement was condemned by Western governments and several NGOs.
In addition to France, the junta’s diplomacy also criticized the US State Department and the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General on Monday for their “irresponsible and reckless statements”.
After Western democracies condemned the 2021 coup, since which nearly 1,800 civilians have been killed according to a local NGO, the junta turned to its traditional allies, Moscow and Beijing.
She called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “justified”, thus supporting its main ally and arms supplier.
In May, she threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Australia, after Canberra announced it would not replace its recently departed ambassador, and called the downgrading of the British mission in the country to the rank of “in charge of business”.