Selin ATAY-TDO- A statement by the Council of the European Union (EU) strongly condemned the February 1 coup and said the European Union stood by the people of Myanmar. The EU has called for the restoration of civilian rule in Myanmar, where the military has carried out a coup, and has announced it is ready to impose sanctions on those responsible for the coup.
In a statement EU foreign ministers have called for an immediate end to the state of emergency. The statement also demanded the re-establishment of legitimate civil administration and the opening of Parliament. "The Council of the EU is ready to implement restrictive measures to target those directly responsible for the military coup and their economic interests," the statement said, stressing that Myanmar authorities should show sobriety and avoid violence in the country.
Monday (February 22nd) at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Myanmar and the EU called for the suspension of the trade system. "The EU will continue to review all policy instruments, including development cooperation and preferential trade, as the situation develops," the EU Council said.