NEW DELHI: Describing the situation in Myanmar after the military coup as a matter of great concern, the government on Wednesday said it has direct stakes in the maintenance of peace and stability in India’s land and maritime neighbour, and sought that the rule of law be upheld.
The government said in Parliament that as part of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ and ‘Act East’ policies, it had supported socio-economic development in Myanmar and facilitated democratic transition in the country but the military takeover was disappointing.
“The recent developments in Myanmar are therefore of deep concern. India has urged that the rule of law and democratic process be upheld and called upon the Myanmar leadership to work together to resolve their differences in a peaceful and constructive manner,” junior foreign minister V Muraleedharan said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
The minister added that India will closely monitor the situation in Myanmar and remain in discussion with the international community, including at the UNSC on this issue. In another development, the Indian embassy in Myanmar described reports on India’s role in deliberations on Myanmar in the UNSC as mischievous and biased. “UNSC is seized of the matter and let us wait for the outcome. India’s position on the issue is well known and has been clearly articulated,” the embassy said. International media reports had said that India was among the countries at UNSC to object to the first draft of a statement meant to condemn the coup and had suggested removal of the “reference to a coup and the threat to consider further action”.