Myanmar Violence: India has voiced deep concern over the escalating clashes between Myanmar’s anti-junta groups and government forces near the India-Myanmar border. The conflict has led to Myanmar nationals seeking refuge in the northeastern Indian state of Mizoram. India has called for an end to the violence and emphasized the need for constructive dialogue to address the situation.
- Border Clashes: Anti-junta groups in Myanmar have intensified their offensive, capturing key towns and military bases close to the India-Myanmar border. The town of Rihkhawdar, a vital border crossing point, was among the areas seized by resistance fighters.
- Refugee Influx: The fighting has resulted in the movement of Myanmar nationals, with around 5,000 seeking shelter in Mizoram. Fresh reports indicate an additional 29 Myanmar soldiers entering India to escape an attack by resistance fighters.
- India’s Response: The Indian Ministry of External Affairs expressed deep concern about incidents near the border and reiterated the call for peace, stability, and democracy in Myanmar. India emphasized the need for a cessation of violence and a resolution through constructive dialogue.
- Humanitarian Assistance: India highlighted its clear position, urging an end to the violence. Local authorities in neighboring states have been managing the situation on humanitarian grounds, facilitating the return of those wishing to go back to Myanmar.