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Myanmar’s U.K. Ambassador ‘Locked Out’ of London Embassy

Myanmar Ambassador to the United Kingdom Kyaw Zwar Minn said officials linked to the military in Myanmar has locked him out of his embassy in London on April 7.

Zwar Minn said that he was told he was no longer Myanmar’s representative, according to BBC News.

Diplomatic sources have reportedly said that Deputy Ambassador Chit Win has blocked Zwar Minn and has taken charge of the building with the help of the military attaché.

“They occupy my embassy,” Zwar Minn said.

Zwar Minn told British newspaper The Telegraph that colleagues and officials linked to the Myanmar military, who staged a coup in the Southeast Asian country last Feb.1, stormed the London embassy and kept him from entering when he left during the day.

“They are refusing to let me inside,” Zwar Minn told The Telegraph.

“They said they received instruction from the capital, so they are not going to let me in,” Zwar Minn further told the newspaper, adding that he was “betrayed.”

Zwar Minn told reporters that he would stay outside the premises “all night.”

“This is my building. I need to go inside. That’s why I’m waiting here,” Zwar Minn told the protesters that have gathered outside the embassy.

Police were also reportedly blocking Zwar Minn’s staff from entering.

A U.K. Foreign Office Spokesperson told BBC News that it was “seeking clarification on the current status of the Myanmar ambassador in London, in line with diplomatic protocol.”

In early March, Zwar Minn, a former military colonel, had called for the release of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi whom the Myanmar military detained when it seized power in the country.

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