04 Jul '11, 1am

Number two at Myanmar embassy in US seeks asylum

WASHINGTON: The second highest-ranking diplomat at Myanmar's embassy in Washington has defected is seeking US political asylum, Radio Free Asia reported Sunday. Kyaw Win, the embassy's deputy chief of mission, told RFA that government of Myanmar has failed to begin a transition to democracy following elections in November, and that he fears "my life and those of my family are in danger." "Senior military officials are consolidating their grip on power and seeking to stamp out the voices of those seeking democracy," Kyaw Win, 59, told RFA. Despite the elections "the military continues to hold uncontested power," he said. Kyaw Win is a career diplomat who has worked for Myanmar's Foreign Ministry for 31 years, serving in places like Madrid, Geneva, New Delhi and Brasilia, according to RFA. Kyaw Win also warned that government threats against democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi...

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