The suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar has been announced by New Zealand.

This is the first major international move to isolate the country’s ruling military following a coup.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday called for the international community to “strongly condemn what we’re seeing happen in Myanmar”, while unveiling the measures.

Prime Minister Ardern while speaking to reporters promised to do something. She said, “After years of working hard to build a democracy in Myanmar, I think every New Zealander would be devastated to see what we’ve seen in recent days led by the military,”

“Our strong message is we will do what we can from here in New Zealand.”

Speaking further, Ardern disclosed that the measures would include travel bans on senior military figures.

Myanmar’s military last week detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and dozens of other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party, ending a decade of civilian rule.