Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement on the recent developments in Myanmar today (11 February):
In Myanmar, the people are showing great courage in calling for a return to democracy and the release of President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and all other persons who have been detained. It is truly disturbing how the military is prepared to use violence against peaceful demonstrators. I call on the military to refrain from violence and engage immediately in a political dialogue that will enable Myanmar to resume its process of democratisation. All prisoners must be released, and the democratically legitimised, constitutional institutions must be allowed to again take up their work. It is up to the military of Myanmar to decide whether Myanmar will continue down the path of integration into the regional and international community, or whether it will once again be forced into isolation – to the detriment of the country and its people. Germany is conferring with its regional, international and EU partners about the options at our disposal and possible next steps. The military of Myanmar should refrain from all action that makes it more difficult to reach a peaceful solution to the current crisis.