Some countries will officially recognise Myanmar’s shadow government in the coming days, says new minister 

Several countries are preparing to officially recognise Myanmar’s National Unity Government as the legitimate leaders of the country, a minister from the newly formed shadow cabinet said on Friday.

Lwin Ko Latt, who has been appointed minister for home affairs and immigration, said the countries’ governments were preparing to announce their endorsements in the coming days.

“They include some Western countries as well as a member country of the Arab World that experienced the Arab Spring, which we respected and envy very much,” he told an online press conference in response to a question from Myanmar Now. 

The new interim cabinet was formed by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH), a shadow parliament that has been working underground to topple the coup regime.

Its members were announced on Friday, the eve of the Myanmar New Year. The four most senior roles were given to President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice-President Duwa Lashi La, and Prime Minister Mahn Win Khaing Than. 

Two top officials from the US State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs spoke with members of the CRPH about restoring democracy in Myanmar on Thursday, the bureau said. 

“We strongly support the people of Burma, who reject military rule and yearn for peace,” it wrote on Twitter.

Lwin Ko Latt said at Friday’s press conference that the two sides also discussed the current situation in Myanmar and the military’s violent crackdowns.

He added that even before the interim government was formed, acting ministers from the CRPH engaged with the US and other members of the international community, including the European Union and the United Nations. 

In a 10-minute video address announcing the formation of the National Unity Government, Min Ko Naing, a prominent leader of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising, said the world stands together with Myanmar. 

“We are trying to get this out from the roots this time so it’s tiring and harsh with many sacrifices,” he added. 

Dr Sasa, the CRPH’s Special Envoy to the United Nations, has been appointed the Minister for International Cooperation in the new cabinet.

“This government has a grave responsibility as it is born out of the courage, sacrifice, and determination of all those who have risen up against the illegal junta,” he said in a statement on Friday.

He urged governments to continue denying recognition to the junta.

“It is imperative that governments around the world continue to deny the junta the international recognition they crave and deny them the capacity, through access to wealth and weapons, to continue to kill our people,” he said.

Zin Mar Aung, the new foreign affairs minister wrote in The New York Times on Friday asking governments, especially those of the countries neighbouring Myanmar, to formally recognise the new cabinet.

“The people of Myanmar are ready to take great risks and pay a great price for their rights and freedom,” she wrote. “We ask the international community to support them, with coordinated political, financial and security measures.”                


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