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Interview

Myanmar's UN envoy calls for temporary halt to foreign investment

Saving lives must take priority over enriching the military, Kyaw Moe Tun says

Myanmar's ambassador the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, has defined the junta by denouncing it to the United Nations General Assembly.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The international community, including one of Myanmar's biggest investors, Japan, should immediately cut off foreign direct investment into the country until an elected government is restored, urged Myanmar's United Nations Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun.

The diplomat -- who a month ago defied the junta's orders and made a sweeping denunciation of the military takeover at the U.N. General Assembly -- sat down with Nikkei Asia on Thursday to discuss the crisis in his home country and shared his messages to various international actors, including the U.S., Japan, China and ASEAN countries.

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