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Demonstrators prepare to clash with police during protests in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday Keystone / Lynn Bo Bo

Switzerland has suspended development assistance for Myanmar, the foreign ministry has confirmed. Only emergency aid has been maintained, amid intense crackdown by the country’s military against massive protests against last month’s coup.

This content is published March 8, 2021 – 12:04 pm

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“All payments have been suspended,” the ministry told the newspaper Sunday morningExternal links and Sunday newspaperExternal links.

As a result, the lion’s share of this year’s budget of CHF36 million ($ 38.5 million) will be blocked. In addition, the ministry is reviewing 30 projects in Myanmar and studying all options.

“It is primarily a question of whether we maintain cooperation and, if so, the extent to which cooperation can be accepted by us to safeguard the progress made over the last ten years while avoiding giving the new regime legitimacy,” he told the newspaper.

Coup

The Southeast Asian country has plunged into chaos after troops took control in a coup on February 1 and detained elected leaders, with daily protests that the United Nations says have killed more than 50 people.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the foreign ministry’s agency for international cooperation, said development policyExternal links “Covers all political, economic and social measures to help sustainably improve living conditions in developing countries”.

Over the past eight years Switzerland has supported Myanmar in the amount of CHF300 million.



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