ASEAN Ministers Consider Not Inviting Myanmar Junta to Summit

A special regional envoy of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministers said they were in “deep discussions” about not inviting Myanmar’s Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing to the upcoming leaders’ summit later this month. 

On Wednesday, Erywan Yusof, Brunei’s second foreign affairs minister said in a news conference that Myanmar’s junta had not made progress on an ASEAN peace roadmap.

The ASEAN roadmap included a commitment to dialogue with all parties, which allow humanitarian access and cease hostilities.

“Up until today there has been no progress on the implementation of the five-point consensus, and this has raised a concern,” Erywan said.

Erywan added that his request to meet detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi was not answered directly.  

“There’s been no significant progress in Myanmar. The military has not given a positive response to what has been attempted by the special envoy,” Retno Marsudi, Indonesian foreign minister said.

Last week, Myanmar junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun said in a news conference that Myanmar was cooperating with ASEAN “without compromising the country’s sovereignty.”

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