The Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar has promptly drawn up plans to protect Vietnamese citizens living and working in some northern states in Myanmar, while requesting support measures from local authorities to ensure security and safety for the Vietnamese citizens and create favorable conditions for them to leave the dangerous areas amid the complicated developments in this country.
The move followed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ directive, said the embassy.
The ministry is proactively working with authorities in China and Myanmar to ask for assistance in the Vietnamese protection process.
It advises Vietnamese citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Shan, Kayin, and Rakhine States in Myanmar amid the escalating ethnic conflict there.
Those Vietnamese who remain in these states should be evacuated to another country or return to Vietnam.
The Vietnamese citizens in Myanmar should stay updated on the information about the situation released by Burmese authorities, and warnings from the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar.
Vietnamese citizens in need of support can contact the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar via the phone number +959660888998, or the citizen protection hotlines at +84 981 84 84 84 and +84 965 41 11 18, or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethnic minority insurgent groups attacked security posts in Myanmar on Monday. As fighting erupted on two new fronts, thousands of people crossed into neighboring India seeking safety, reported Reuters.
A resident of Rathedaung Town, Rakhine said that several shots rang out before dawn on Monday, followed by hours of artillery bombardment.
The military blocked entrances to the area and reinforced administrative buildings.
Myanmar's military junta is facing its biggest test since taking power in a 2021 coup after three ethnic minority forces launched a coordinated offensive in late October, capturing some towns and military posts.
President Myint Swe last week said that Myanmar was at risk of breaking apart because of an ineffective response to the rebellion, while the generals say they are fighting "terrorists.”