ASEAN Bans Myanmar Junta Foreign Minister from Meeting

The Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has banned the Myanmar junta-appointed foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin from attending an upcoming meeting.

According to Chum Sounry, spokesman for Cambodia’s foreign ministry, Myanmar is not compliant with its peace plan and that a non-political representative from Myanmar would be invited instead.

“Since there has been little progress in carrying out ASEAN’s Five-Point Consensus, the ASEAN member states did not reach a consensus to invite Myanmar SAC’s foreign minister to participate in the upcoming foreign ministers’ retreat,” said Sounry.

Recently, the ASEAN has recently called on Myanmar to address the human rights situation in the country.

“Recalling serious efforts made to help solve the crisis, including the recent visit to Myanmar by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, ASEAN Member States urge Myanmar authorities to take concrete actions to effectively and fully implement the Five Point Consensus (5PC) reached at the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on 24 April 2021,” said ASEAN. 

ASEAN also called on the junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint who have both been detained since the start of the coup.

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