FILE PHOTO: Myanmar junta leader Min Aung Hlaing will be expelled from ASEAN summit October 26-28. (Alexander Zemlianichenko / Pool / AFP)
YANGON: Myanmar’s junta said on Saturday (October 16) it was « extremely disappointed » with the decision by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to inform its leader Min Aung Hlaing of an upcoming one Rule out the summit, given the regional bloc’s concerns about its military government commitment to resolve a deadly political stalemate.
« Myanmar is extremely disappointed and strongly opposes the outcome of the Foreign Ministers’ emergency meeting as discussions and decision-making are over the representation of Myanmar was carried out without consensus and ran counter to the goals of ASEAN, « said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar in a statement.
At an emergency meeting on late Friday, ASEAN foreign ministers agreed that an » non-political representative « for Myanmar to the summit of The current ASEAN chairman Brunei said in a statement that I would be invited to October 26-28.
Z The junta spokesman, Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, had previously told the Burmese section of the BBC that « interference » from non-ASEAN countries had also been a factor.
He picked up the talks between US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the ASEAN special envoy, Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister, Erywan Yusof, in the run-up to the meeting and also highlighted the pressure from the EU. in Myanmar – a sentence that includes overthrown civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The statement noted « insufficient progress » in implementing a five-point plan agreed by ASEAN leaders in April to end the turmoil following a coup in February.
It was also said that the situation in Myanmar « has implications for regional security and the unity, credibility and centrality of ASEAN ». </ ASEAN was under international pressure to fight riots that broke out after the coup, including massive protests; renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions; and an economy in free fall.
The bloc has expressed disappointment over the lack of cooperation from the junta, which continues to crack down on dissenting opinions. Nearly 1,200 civilians were killed, according to a local surveillance group.
Part of the consensus was to allow a long delayed visit by a special envoy, Brunei’s second foreign minister, Yusof.
ASEAN has insisted that he resign meets with all parties concerned, but the junta has declined any scheduled meetings with people on trial, including Aung San Suu Kyi, who are facing various charges.
Aung Myo Min, the human rights minister of a shadow government from overthrown Myanmar Legislators named NUG praised the expulsion as « a very strong measure » and expressed the hope that ASEAN would recognize the NUG as the legitimate government of Myanmar.
Political activist Minn Khant Kyaw Linn, 23, who organized a protest in Mandalay , which burned the ASEAN flag in June, said it was time the bloc allowed NUG representatives to attend its meetings.
Tue e Junta – officially known as the State Administrative Council – has promised to hold elections and lift the state of emergency by August 2023.
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