Fri 28 Jan 2005
Filed under: Inside Burma,News
Phuket: Myanmar denied Friday that a coup d’etat had taken place in the military-ruled country, but hinted at possible changes in the Cabinet.
“No, no, no,” Myanmar Foreign Minister U. Nyan Win said, responding to questions about rumors of a leadership change that have swept the country’s capital, Yangon, in recent days.
“It’s all just rumors,” he said with a laugh. “Everything there is fine.”
Thaung Tun, director general of the foreign ministry’s political department, also said the situation was stable.
“In every country there are changes in the Cabinet,” Thaung Tun said without elaborating. “We do things in a measured way. Everything is normal.”
The two officials were in Thailand to attend a conference on a proposed Indian Ocean tsunami warning system.
Earlier, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said political tension had erupted among leaders in neighboring Myanmar, but that no coup had taken place.
“I was informed that there is political tension in Myanmar,” said Thaksin, who added that the information was confusing and still being checked.
“There is tension and conflict but not at the level of a coup d’etat.”
Myanmar’s former prime minister, Gen. Khin Nyunt, was ousted last October and replaced by Lt. Gen. Soe Win.
The rumors of political tensions were fueled by the disappearance of reports in state media about the activities of Soe Win.