The foreign minister expressed disappointment at the military government’s failure to implement the contingency plan agreed in April 2021.

The 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers have barred Myanmar’s ruling generals from the group’s meetings until progress is made on a 15-month-old plan to deal with the crisis sparked by a military coup. agreed.

At the final press conference of a series of ASEAN regional meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is also Myanmar’s special envoy, said: You will be able to act on your decisions to show progress. ”

On Friday, the foreign minister denounced the lack of progress on the so-called five-point consensus agreed with General Min Aung Hlaing, the army chief and coup leader, in April 2021 and called for a self-proclaimed State Administrative Council (SAC). did. ) take action to comply with the plan by the regional summit in November.

Ministers said they were “deeply disappointed by the Nay Pyi Taw authorities’ lack of commitment to the timely and full implementation of the Five Points Consensus and the limited progress made.”

And in a veiled warning to Myanmar military officials, the statement referred to Article 20 of the ASEAN Charter that a summit later this year could take action against “non-compliance.” pointed out.

Myanmar was in crisis in February 2021 when the military seized power by detaining elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other high-ranking officials.

The coup sparked mass civil disobedience movements, nationwide protests, and the formation of anti-coup armed groups, which the military responded with brutal force.

Some 2,158 people have been killed by the military since the coup, and anger has mounted over the generals’ ruthless response, especially after last month’s execution of four political prisoners.

military denies statement

In a foreign ministry statement published on the front page of the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar on Saturday, the military rejected the ASEAN communiqué and said it would continue to follow its own “five-point plan.” Newspaper front page statement.

“Myanmar believes that ASEAN will maintain its unity in the long term only if all ASEAN member states respect the provisions and basic principles of the ASEAN Charter, in particular equality, inclusiveness, sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of ASEAN member states. And I believe we can maintain our centrality. State,” he said.

Military-appointed foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin was not invited to Phnom Penh or attend the foreign ministers’ retreat in February, while Min Aung Hlaing was snubbed at last year’s summit.

ASEAN’s foreign ministers also include rapper-turned-politician Pyo Zeya So, a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, and a veteran political activist, commonly known as Ko Jimi, Condemned Kyaw Ming Yew’s execution last month. .

Malaysia is leading the call for a tougher approach to Myanmar’s military government, urging the group to engage with the National Unity Government (NUG), an elected politician set up by generals who have been removed from power. I’m calling

The Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore are also seeking firmer lines.

The five-point consensus called for an immediate cessation of violence, the appointment of a special envoy, and a discussion involving all stakeholders. An ASEAN statement on Friday stressed that the envoy must be allowed to meet with “all relevant stakeholders”.

The SAC has not allowed Brunei’s Foreign Minister, the first ASEAN special envoy, to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi, nor has it allowed a meeting with Praksokon.

The Nobel laureate has been imprisoned after a closed-door trial and faces a string of charges that could result in years in prison.

Myanmar joined ASEAN in 1997 under the previous military regime.

The SAC has sought to frame those who oppose its power seizure as “terrorists.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes as a result of military attacks, the United Nations says, but human rights experts have called the military a war crime for attacks on civilians. I am accusing.


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