On Tuesday, February 9, New Zealand announced the suspension of its top military and political ties with Burma, boasting of being the first country in the world to isolate the military junta in response to its regime change.
Introducing the move, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Artern called on the international community “We condemn the outbreak in Burma.”. “After many years of hard work to build democracy in Burma, I think every New Zealand should be devastated to see what the military is doing in recent days.”The labor leader told reporters. “Our strong message is that we will do our best in New Zealand.”, She continued. “Following the military coup, New Zealand is suspending all high-level political and military ties with Burma.” Jacinta Artern notes that this includes travel bans for senior Burmese military officers.
The Burmese junta ended a decade of civil rule last week, arresting the real leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and dozens of members of his party, the National League for Democracy (LND).
Jacinta Artern said her country wanted the UN Human Rights Council to meet in Burma. However, he said New Zealand’s aid programs in Burma – about NZ $ 42 million (25 million) – would be maintained if they did not benefit members of the military junta or come under their control.