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A jawan manningthe India-Myanmarborder in Mizoram.AP  

India on Friday said it stood for revival of democracy in Myanmar, and added that violence would not solve the prevailing situation in the country.

“We condemn any use of violence. We believe that the rule of law should prevail. We stand for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar. We have urged the release of political prisoners and supported any attempts at resolving the current situation, including through the efforts of ASEAN,” said Arindam Bagchi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said.

India was among the first countries to express concern after the February 1 military takeover which deposed the democratically elected leadership of Myanmar. However, India’s subsequent behaviour indicated that it preferred to maintain communication links with the military junta.

On March 27, an Indian official attended the Myanmar Armed Forces Day parade at capital Naypyitaw even as the day turned out to be the bloodiest with the military killing around 100 protesters. Subsequently, on April 1, Myanmar participated in a foreign ministerial meeting of BIMSTEC, Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, which was chaired by Sri Lanka and attended by India along with other members like Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Thailand.

Concern for displaced

Mr. Bagchi, however, argued that India maintains routine diplomatic activities through its mission in Myanmar. “Our Ambassador, Defence Attache, and other diplomatic officers continue to discharge their regular diplomatic responsibilities,” said Mr. Bagchi.

Mr. Bagchi further said India was treating the flow of displaced people from Myanmar as per Indian laws and “humanitarian considerations.”

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