Myanmar Junta Orders UK Diplomat to Leave

The British chargé d’affaires ad interim of the British Embassy in Yangon, Pete Vowles, has been “forced to leave the country,” furthering the Myanmar regime’s diplomatic isolation from the West.

“My time in Myanmar comes to an abrupt end today. Sad & sorry to have been forced by the junta to leave but glad we didn’t cave to pressure to legitimize their brutal coup,” Vowles said in a tweet

Vowles further tweeted that he believes the British Embassy in Myanmar “will continue to stand up & do everything” they can for the people of Myanmar “who want nothing more than peace, freedom & justice”.

Vowles accepted his position as Britain’s ambassador in Myanmar in August 2021 but failed to produce his credentials despite repeated requests from the junta. 

Since late February, when Vowles left his residence in Yangon for regional meetings and was denied permission to enter again, he has been barred from entering the nation. 

Vowles was given permission to go back to Myanmar last month after being stranded in Thailand for a few months.

Myanmar’s State Administration Council (SAC), the regime’s supreme body, formally informed Britain in late April that it would not accept its designated envoy as chargé d’affaires but would consider alternative candidates after London decided to downgrade Vowles’ title from ambassador to chargé d’affaires ad interim. 

Early this year, Vowles’s social media handle was changed to read “Head of British Embassy in Myanmar.”

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