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ASEAN envoy seeks Myanmar junta blessing to meet its opponents

PHNOM PENH: A particular Southeast Asian envoy to the disaster in Myanmar on Thursday (Feb 17) mentioned he was in search of to go to the nation subsequent month and appealed to its army junta to give its blessing for him to speak with a shadow authorities it has labelled “terrorists”.

Prak Sokhonn, Cambodia’s international minister and new envoy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), mentioned participating the National Unity Government (NUG), a bunch of members of the ousted administration and different army opponents, was sophisticated due to the junta’s objections.

“You cannot on one hand try to engage with someone and on the other hand, engage with the one who is considered by the former as terrorists,” he advised a information convention after a gathering of ASEAN international ministers.

“We are trying to find a way, of course … If Naypyitaw is not speaking with the NUG so let the special envoy as the bridge, as the facilitator, speak,” he mentioned, referring to Myanmar’s capital.

ASEAN final 12 months unexpectedly blocked Myanmar’s army authorities from becoming a member of key conferences over a failure to honour a peace plan agreed with the 10-member bloc, which included an instantaneous finish to hostilities and letting a particular envoy facilitate dialogue.

Prak Sokhonn mentioned his predecessor as ASEAN envoy was unable to go to Myanmar due to preconditions by some ASEAN members that the ruling generals discovered unacceptable.

Those included entry to Aung San Suu Kyi, the chief of the elected authorities ousted in final 12 months’s coup. Aung San Suu Kyi is on trial accused of a number of crimes.

As 2022 chair of ASEAN, Cambodia has triggered some concern amongst fellow members over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s desire to instantly interact with the generals, together with visiting junta chief Min Aung Hlaing final month.

Hun Sen on Wednesday mentioned that and not using a breakthrough, peace in Myanmar will not be achieved in years.

Prak Sokhonn defended that method and mentioned this time, ASEAN states had no preconditions for him to go to.

“The reason why the prime minister has taken the approach is because the work of the special envoy was stuck last year,” he mentioned.

“Some our colleagues demand a bit too much. I say that they have demanded some hard preconditions that was not acceptable by Naypyitaw.”

He mentioned Cambodia would preserve participating the junta to “keep trust and confidence alive for the time being”.

Malaysia’s international minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, on Thursday urged Prak Sokhonn to meet with NUG.

On Facebook, he mentioned he ought to meet with a variety of teams in Myanmar, as did Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi.

“It’s important for Myanmar to listen to concerns and views of those stakeholders,” she advised a digital briefing. 

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