Interpol Denies Myanmar Junta Request to Fight “Terrorism”

Global police Interpol said it would not provide help to countries in situations that involve domestic politics, two days after the Myanmar army announced it had sought support in countering terrorism threats. 

An Interpol spokesperson said it does not comment on specific cases or operations of a member country, apart from exceptional circumstances, especially notices requested for political opponents, government critics, or in the context of a coup d’etat.

On Tuesday, the Myanmar army’s foreign affairs ministry said it had called on various international security organizations to work with Myanmar to fight “terrorism”, citing the actions of its opponents, including the National Unity Government (NUG), the country’s de facto shadow government. 

In a diplomatic briefing session for ambassadors and UN officials in Yangon, Junta Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin accused the NUG, Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), and People’s Defence Force (PDF) of terrorist acts such as the killing of innocent civilians and government staff, and damaging public buildings like schools, hospitals, and bridges.

Last year, the opposition government declared a “defensive war” against the military regime with the help of its militants called the People Defence Forces and local resistance fighters across Myanmar.

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