Yangon – Despite Australian being in powerful position to exert its influences upon Southeast Asian nations to put reasonable pressure on Myanmar, Australia has chosen not to take any actions against Myanmar military who staged February 01 coup.
Instead, Australian Border Force (ABF) is set to collaborate with Ministry of Commerce, Department of Trade, Export & Import (MCD) under Myanmar’s military junta in attempts to thwart the flow of illegal drug trafficking.
Much to the disappointment of more than 40,000 strong Burmese diasporas community in Australia, Australian government has taken a bold step toward working with Myanmar military junta amidst the global outcry against the atrocities and human rights violations committed by Myanmar’s junta led by coup leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.
Myanmar military’s propaganda daily newspaper has published the news of collaboration between Australian Border Force and Myanmar’s military junta, on 14 December, reaffirming Australian government’s commitment to working with Myanmar military junta.
Unlike Australia’s best allies which are United Kingdom, United States and Canada that have respectively imposed targeted sanctions on Myanmar military, Australia so far does not impose new sanctions on Myanmar military.
Australia makes clear that imposing additional sanctions on Myanmar military is not in line with its national interest.