12 defense chiefs condemn Myanmar violence

The defense chiefs of 12 countries have issued a joint statement calling on Myanmar's military to end the recent violence in the country.

The 12 countries are, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The defense officials say they condemn "the use of lethal force against unarmed people" by Myanmar's military and associated security services.

They say that a professional military follows international standards for conduct, and is responsible for protecting, not harming, the people it serves.