India condemns Myanmar violence at UN Security Council meeting; UN envoy warns of civil war

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India has condemned the violence in Myanmar and grieved the loss of lives following the February 1 military coup in the country.

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti made these remarks at the closed-door consultation on the situation in Myanmar at the UN Security Council meeting. In a tweet, Tirumurti said that he urged the country to apply maximum restraint, called for the release of detained leaders and expressed India’s commitment to democratic transition.

The envoy told the security council that the situation in Myanmar should be resolved peacefully and that the matter needs greater engagement.

Myanmar has been in a state of turmoil since the military took control of the country on February 1 and detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling National League for Democracy.

Following the coup, demonstrators have taken to the street, protesting against the military and demanding the restoration of democracy. The army has intensified its crackdown, trying to take control of the situation by opening fire on protestors and imposing internet cuts and curfews.

On March 27, security forces killed over 90 people, as the country witnessed one of its bloodiest days of protests since the military coup.

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