Japan Hints at Possible Halt to Aid for Myanmar


Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government may suspend its official development assistance to Myanmar as the military junta there continues its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi suggested Friday.

"If the current situation continues, we have no choice but to review our ODA programs," Motegi told a press conference.

There is a possibility that private companies may become unable to invest in Myanmar, he added.

The Japanese government has urged Myanmar to stop the violence immediately, release detained people and restore a democratic political system soon.

Motegi said Japan will assess Myanmar's responses to these requests when deciding what to do about its ODA programs for the Southeast Asian country.

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