London, April 14th (EFE). – The former Burmese ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zuwar Min, admitted that he felt “insecure” in his London residence, after the military regime expelled him to declare his loyalty to the ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
This came in an interview with the British newspaper “The Guardian”, in which he explained that his friends and family, who had not visited them for 5 years, also feared the regime’s retaliation in Burma.
“Some friends and relatives hide and move away from their homes. They cannot show their faces in public places because of me,” he said.
Zwar Minn has called on the British Foreign Office (FCDO) to increase security and said his case will be seen as a test of the UK’s “commitment to democracy around the world”.
For its part, FCDO confirmed in a meeting with Chargé d’Affairs of the Burmese system – who has not yet been recognized as ambassador – Chit Win, that his plan is to “ensure” that Zwar Minn can “live safely in the UK while deciding your long-term future”.
The diplomat said that in the event that his residence in London was broken into, he believed that the British police “could not do anything”, so he hoped to know from the London government the support that would be provided to him to stay in this country.
Maine’s visitors were forced to sleep in his car outside the Burmese embassy in London last week after members of the junta denied him entry and announced their dismissal from the ambassadorial position.
Currently, he is taking refuge in his residence in Hampstead, northwest London, behind only a locked door and a permanent guard for one of his family members.
“This is my last building,” he explains. The remaining six were “lost” to the army, he told the “Guardian.”
He described his successor, Ambassador Chet Wayne, as a “ambitious and educated” man seeking a high position: “He is climbing,” he asserts.
Since the February 1 coup, more than 700 people have died in Burma, according to data from the Association for the Aid of Political Prisoners (AAPP). EFE
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