US government calls for arms sales to military in Myanmar to stop

WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – The US government is calling for an end to the sale of weapons to the military after the mass killing in Myanmar. The US State Department announced on Tuesday that it is concerned about the brutality of the military regime in large parts of the country. “It is unacceptable that innocent people and humanitarian actors are targeted.” The international community must do more to prevent such atrocities from happening again. This also includes a ban on the sale of weapons and so-called dual-use goods to the military. This means goods that can be used for both military and civil purposes. These include navigation systems or monitoring electronics.

At least 35 burned bodies were discovered in Myanmar on Friday, according to aid organizations. According to local media and eyewitness reports, soldiers from the military junta arrested and killed civilians who were trying to flee their villages because of fighting. Women and children were also among the victims. The incident in the eastern state of Kayah had caused international horror and outrage.

The former Burma has been plunging into chaos and violence since a coup in February. The military overthrew the de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi and has ruled with an iron fist ever since. Any resistance is suppressed with brutal severity. Since the coup, the USA has repeatedly issued strict export restrictions and imposed sanctions on various members of the new leadership apparatus, some relatives and several companies. / Nau / DP / stw

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