National Unity Government Rejects Myanmar Junta’s Participation in ASEAN Summit

Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG) has rejected the participation of Myanmar military’s chief Min Aung Hlaing in the upcoming special ASEAN Summit to be held in Indonesia on Saturday.

In a statement on Friday, NUG’s Minister of International Cooperation and Spokesperson Dr. Sasa said, “meetings that exclude the people of Myanmar but include murderer in chief Min Aung Hlaing who is murdering the people of Myanmar are unlikely to be helpful.”

The ASEAN meeting to be hosted by Indonesia on Saturday will discuss the escalating crisis in Myanmar which has seen more than 700 civilians dead and more than 3,000 detained.

The shadow government was not invited a seat to the talks and had Hlaing attend, making it his first foreign trip since his leadership overthrew the civilian government in February 1.

“The legitimate representatives of the people and country of Myanmar, the National Unity Government (NUG) stands ready to engage and attend any ASEAN meeting on Myanmar, including the one scheduled for April the 24th that starts in less than 24 hours,” the minister said.

“We firmly believe that a meeting on Myanmar should not include illegal, illegitimate military junta unless the following serious conditions are met,” citing foremost to stop murdering civilians among others.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will skip the meeting, saying they intend to focus on the Covid situation in their respective countries.

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