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Taiwan calls for peaceful resolution of political strife in Myanmar

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of political unrest in Myanmar following reports of a suspected coup in the Southeast Asian country.

In a press statement, MOFA said the ministry and Taiwan’s representative office in Myanmar are closely monitoring the situation there.

“MOFA expresses concern on the drastic change in the political situation in Myanmar,” it said. “We urge political leaders in the country to settle their disputes through dialogue and peaceful means.”

According to foreign media reports, Myanmar’s military took over the government that day and declared a state of emergency for one year.

Several senior government officials have been detained, including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, while telecommunication services in many parts of its capital, Nay Pyi Taw, and its largest city, Yangon, were cut, the news reports said.

In the same statement, MOFA said no Taiwanese nationals or expatriates in Myanmar were reported to have been harmed during the turmoil.

Taiwanese nationals in distress can call the emergency number of Taiwan’s representative office at +95-9-257-257-575 for assistance, MOFA said, although there are poor cellphone signals in some parts of the country.

Meanwhile, a Taiwanese businessman in Yangon told CNA that roads connecting the city to other regions have been closed by the military to prevent people from converging.

Communication modes such as landline telephones, cellphones and mobile internet were all disrupted, apart from wired internet connections, he said, adding that the wired internet connection could also go off at anytime.

Banks in Yangon are closed and panic buying for basic commodities have been seen in many grocery stores and supermarkets, he added.

The businessman said he fears that the situation in Myanmar will get worse, as resistance or mass rallies against military rule might occur.

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