Myanmar Bars ASEAN Envoy From Meeting Suu Kyi

Myanmar Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could not meet with detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she is charged with numerous crimes.

Min Tun said that it will strictly adhere to the five criteria and that permitting the envoy to meet Suu Kyi was not part of the agreement.

“We’ve invited the ASEAN envoy to visit Myanmar,” he said.

Min Tun also said that the United Nations and other countries and organizations “should avoid applying double standards when conducting international affairs.”

Erywan Yusof, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ special envoy to Myanmar, plans to visit the nation before the organization’s late October summit. 

Min Tun’s remarks came amid rising pressure on the Myanmar military to fulfill a five-point plan agreed to in April with ASEAN leaders in Jakarta by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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