WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on the Myanmar military’s seizure of power from its civilian-run government in a coup:
“I am deeply alarmed by the military coup in Myanmar, and condemn the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders in the strongest terms. I am also deeply concerned about reports that the military has blocked internet access across the country. This is a giant step in the wrong direction for Myanmar and the freedom and prosperity of its people.
“The United States stands with the people of Myanmar, is prepared to explore options to impose costs on those who threaten democracy, and will work with those partners seeking peace, economic reform, and genuine democracy in Myanmar.”